Easy Maleficent Makeup Tutorial for Halloween

Its here! A Maleficent Tutorial that can probably be done in 5 minutes or less!

So Halloween is right around the corner, and while Leopard prints and Zombie looks have always been popular this time of the year, Maleficent will surely be popular as well. MAC created its own Maleficent collection, which can be used to duplicate this look, but the colors are very versatile and you can use any makeup brand as long as the colors are similar (in the photos shown, Julep was used)

 

Now… The Maleficent Tutorial or How to be Maleficent:

 

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This is Kaela. She’s an illustrator & designer at Julep.

 

Product List (you can always use an alternative product as long as the color is similar)

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Joey New York Quick Results Bye Bye Blackheads Wipes Review

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So I decided to try the Joey New York Quick Results Bye Bye Blackheads wipes. First of all, I really want to say is that I love the minimalism design of the wipes’ packaging! The coconut tree design and the fact that its infused with coconut water drew me in :)

There are 30 wipes per package and each wipe is fairly large, covering 1/3 of the face (enough to cover the nose). They smell clean, like that new laundry smell with hints of coconut water. I have dry skin, and while I really wanted to love the wipes, they were a bit too over-drying for my skin. I had to quickly apply moisturizing cream after every use. My sister who has oily skin loves these wipes however. They are perfect for her skin and they grab all the oils in the face. I think this is the secret of “bye bye blackheads”. By grabbing oil and sebum (which is what blackheads are made out of), they slowly disappear.

Along with oil and sebum, the wipes are great at absorbing sweat, thereby making them perfect for post workouts or just for a quick freshen up mid-day when our faces can be our greasiest. For heavy eye makeup? not so much. It does a terribly job at removing eye shadow and mascara so you will need an additional makeup remover product.

1 wipe is 6″ by 7.75″ and they last up to 24 months after initial use.

Pro:

  • Good for post workout sweat, camping, midday shine
  • Great for oily skin

Con:

  • very drying for dry skin
  • not great at removing heavy eye makeup

Most of the ingredients are good:

Water (aqua),carica Papaya (papaya) Fruit Extract, Ananus Sativus (pineapple) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (cucumber) Fruit Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Avena Sativa (oat) Kernel Extract,cocos Nucifera (coconut) Fruit Juice, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Fragrance.

 

Where to Purchase:

Amazon, Walgreens,

 

xoxo,

Emmy

Julep Maven September 2014 Monthly Boxes

You can now select your Julep Maven September 2014 box! If you do not know about the Julep Maven program, you get about 3 nail polishes or 1-2 nail polishes with beauty products for $24.99 (Mavens before May 1st are $19,99, but they can’t customize their boxes like in the Maven Luxe program).

here’s what available for the month of September!

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Urban Decay Might Officially Come to Amazon

Last year, you could purchase Naked 3 on Amazon. Then around Christmas time, Urban Decay put a gag-order on third marketplace sellers on Amazon. While Amazon never sold Urban Decay directly, the gag order meant that no Urban Decay product could be sold on Amazon in any way, shape, or form. Even legitimate sellers were caught in the crossfires as their accounts were permanently taken down by Urban Decay’s claims of “counterfeit products” (yes, there were bad apples in there, but I also a friend who lost her livelihoods and her products were genuine). Anyhow, on Fridays emails were sent by Urban Decay asking if certain select users would be willing to participate in a focus group:

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I took the survey on Saturday, and half of the questions were based on how much you shop on Amazon, the other half is how much you shop overall on makeup. It looks like that depending on how the focus groups go on Monday August 18th and Tuesday August 19th, it may sway Urban Decay to officially sell on Amazon.com. If Urban Decay decides to sell on Amazon, it would not be the first major makeup brand to do so, both bliss and too faced have sold directly on the site. Sephora at one point was an official seller on Amazon and sold Urban Decay before it closed it seller profile a few short years ago (maybe 2-3 years ago?)

Counterfeit Urban Decay products were at one point pretty rampart on Amazon but I always thought it was easy to spot (i.e. do not buy from any seller that lives in China, if the price is too low, yep its too good to be true, check feedback even if its just 1 and if they have a single counterfeit claim, move along, etc). However maybe with the success of this focus group, this is will be another legit way of getting more Urban Decay :)

 

xoxo,

Emmy

MAC’s A Novel Romance Collection Is Ridiculous

In a world where Fifty Shades of Grey is exhibit A whenever anyone wants to talk about sex-filled romance novels, it can be easy to forget about the ones that came before. You know — the bodice-ripping, Fabio-covered novels you’d find in the magazine section of your local drugstore, all with titles like The Ruthless Swashbuckler’s Virginal Mistress and Unbridled Temptation With the Farmhand’s Son. Yeah. Those ones.

But, to ensure that we never forget these early contributions to the literary community, MAC has used those very paperbacks as inspiration for its fall ’14 makeup collection. And, the brand totally did these books justice. The products range from vivid lipsticks to killer nail polishes to electric-hued liners, all with amazingly hilarious names. Care to try a shadow called “Sex & The Oyster” or a Lipglass called “Bared For You”? Can you feel the burning, over-the-top desire?

While the makeup is amazing (as expected), the true winner of this collection is the accompanying ad visuals. MAC went all out with this one, using a leggy blonde and a beefy dude (who looks strikingly similar to Khal Drogo — am I right?) to model some of the line’s cosmetics. Each photo is posed like those iconic covers, full of greased-up limbs and smoldering looks. It took us a full 15 minutes to stop gawking at the art and move on to the actual makeup.

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Free Victoria’s Secret Coupons

Did you get your free Victoria’s Secret coupons? There are some variations in the mailers sent for August 2014 (I listed them all below). My sister and I received the following coupons. So keep an eye out for the following mailers:

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Victoria’s Secret Coupon Mailers

Different Victoria's Secret Coupon Mailers Inside

Different Victoria’s Secret Coupon Mailers Inside

My mailer was:

  • Free Cotton Low-Rise Hiphugger
  • $10 off a Bra
  • Free Getaway Bag with $75 purchase

 

My sister had:

  • Free Cotton Undie
  • $15 off a Bra Over $30
  • Free Getaway Bag with $75 purchase

 

The other variations that exist (found all of these via Ebay):

  • $5 Everyday Perfect Panty (included with free cotton undie panty offer)
  • $10 off a purchase (replaces bra offer)
  • Free Flawless Hiphugger (replaces free cotton panty offer)
  • Free Raw Cut Panty (replaces free cotton panty offer)

 

Variations include if they are store-only or include a pin that can be used online. There are some PINK mailers out as well, the PINK coupons are:

  • Get a “Pink” No-Show Panty with any purchase.  Now – Sept. 1, 2014.  (Value of $9.50).
  • $10 off any $35 pink purchase.  Now- Sept. 1, 2014.
  • Get a Tote & Tumbler with any $65 pink purchase.  Valid August 8-12, 2014. Valued at $39.95.  While supplies last.  Excludes clearance.

 

xoxo,

Emmy

Wedding Style Lace Tips Nails Tutorial

There’s just something about lace that makes it perfect for weddings. From veils and gowns to cake decorations and invitations, the delicate and elegant designs of lace go with just about every theme, location, and color scheme.

So why not show off a little lace on your nails?

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Colors & Tools:

I used the sweet pastel Ramona (Classic with the Twist), the subtly glitzy Sienna (Classic with a Twist), and the Plié Wand and Creativity Kit (striping brush and dotting tool) to create this pretty little lace look.

Follow these steps to create your own gilded lace mani:

1. After applying your base coat, paint your nails with two coats of Ramona.

2. Once your base color is dry, dab a few drops of Sienna onto a piece of foil or a paper plate. Dip the striping brush into Sienna and carefully paint three semicircles to create a scalloped line about a third of the way down each nail.

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