Favorite Products of the Month!


Christophe Robin Purifying Scrub

with Sea Salt (for your scalp)


Lancome Miracle Cushion Liquid

Compact Foundation


NIA 24 Eye Repair Complex


Kiehl’s Algae Mask


E.L.F Studio 3-in-1 Macara Primer


photo via nailovelogy

Nail Foils

My Favorite Eye Colors for When I Have The Moody Blues!

Urban Decay in Hijack

Nars Khao San Road Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eye Liner

MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Prussian

Eyeko Midnight Blue Mascara

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color BL722 Nightfall

Butter London Wink Cream Eyeshadow in Inky Six

Urban Decay Loose Glitter in Reverb

NARS Matte Eyeshadow in Outremer

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I210 Light Turquoise

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes in Big Blue

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks Cobalt

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Cobalt

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Indigo

Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow 18

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour Concentrate in Saturate

My Favorite Products For November!

MAC Mascara Fan Brush


MAC 3 & 6 Oval Brush


The Simpsons Tinted LipGlass
in Nacho Cheese Explosion
(apply very sheer for
a lovely peachy lip)


Photo Finish Hydrating
Under Eye Primer
Fresh Sugar Lip Polish

Sumigaki Japanese
Charcoal Toothpaste

Great Celebrity Make Up Artist’s Tips!

Make Up Trick: What to do with all those business cards laying around!

Here is an eye makeup trick that I picked up over the years.

Use business cards to keep your mascara from getting on your skin when applying by holding a business card against your skin.

This works above and below your eye for both your top and bottom lashes. The cards are just the perfect size.



DIY Macara – Don’t Do It Yourself! Mascara Safety!

Excerpt from Beauty Brains

Do not use home made mascara!

DIY Danger

Many sites out there recommends making your own mascara, such as by mixing aloe vera gel with powdered charcoal. Supposedly the benefit of this approach is that you avoid preservatives and “excess chemicals.” Unfortunately, DIY Mascara is dangerous!  Many of those chemicals are needed as learned in  cosmetic science to prevent bacterial growth, microbes, and fungi!

Aloe Vera gel is not preservative free

First, if your goal is to create s safer product by avoiding preservatives, then you’ve failed from the start because aloe vera gel HAS preservatives in it.  Depending on the manufacturer, aloe vera gel can be preserved by a combination of sodium benzoate, sodium sulphate, potassium sorbate, and ascorbic acid. But wait it gets worse: not only are you using preservatives but you’re using the WRONG ones.  I couldn’t find any mascaras that use these as preservatives. You should use preservatives which have been tested and shown to safe for use around the eye such as Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, and Phenoxyethanol. You’re creating a formula that may grow dangerous bacteria or microbes, such as staphylococcus or fungi!

Colorants for eyes need to be tested

Second, the activated charcoal you’re using is not approved as a colorant for use around the eye. The FDA requires that each batch of colorants used around the eye are certified that they comply with safety regulations. A jar of activated charcoal won’t have that safety assurance. Who knows what kind of contaminants it may contain?

The Beauty Brains bottom line

In conclusion let me ask which you think is safer: Purchasing a professionally formulated product with ingredients that have been shown to be safe for use around the eye and that have been tested to ensure it won’t support growth of bacteria that could potentially lead to dangerous eye infection, OR mixing two ingredients, one of which is not properly preserved and the other which is not designed to be used close to your eyes? (Whew, pardon the run on sentence!)

I’m sorry but you couldn’t pay me enough to risk an eye infection by “protecting” myself from excess chemicals.

Image credit: http://pixabay.com/

More Mascara Tips by CT Esthetic:

  • Don’t expose mascara tubes to heat of 85°F (29°C) or higher it encourages bacteria growth, especially leaving it in the car
  • Don’t apply mascara in a moving vehicle
  • Replace your mascara at least every 3 months to prevent bacteria growth
  • Don’t ever share your mascara with someone else this can spread bacteria, conjunctivitis, and fungus
  • If you wear contacts avoid mascaras with microfiber (lash extending mascara) the fibers can get under the lens and scratch your cornea
  • Don’t thin out thick, dry, or old mascara with any liquids it isn’t sanitary and can lead to bacterial or fungal growth
  • If you get an eye infection throw out any eye make up that you recently used so that you don’t reinfect yourself and avoid eye make up all together until your infection has cleared up
  • Put on soft contact lenses before applying makeup
  • Put on rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses after makeup is applied
  • Waterproof mascara may stain soft contact lenses
  • Remove lenses before removing makeup

Live in a hot climate?  Try Cool-It Caddy or Ice Pops – stylish chilled cosmetic cases that keep your make up from melting and helps prevent bacteria growth!

Cool-It Caddy and Ice Pops – chilled cosmetic cases for hot climates

Vegan, Mineral, and or Organic Mascaras to try:

Zuii Certified Organics Flora Mascara – Not tested on animals, No petrochemicals, No parabens, No talc, No GM ingredients

Physicians Formula – Organic Wear 100% Natural Lash Boosting Mascara

La Bella Donna Linea Minerale Mineral Mascara

Gabriel Color Mascara (can buy at Whole Foods as well)

Ecco Bella FlowerColor Natural Mascara

Aveda Mosscara

Beauty Without Cruelty Waterproof Mascara

bareMinerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara

Zuzu Luxe Mascara

Manic Panic Raven Mascara

Suncoat Mascara – sugar based

Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara

100 Percent Pure (brand) FRUIT PIGMENTED MASCARA

Dr. Hauschka Mascara

Lavera Volume Mascara

Living Nature Thickening Mascara

Hot Eyelash Look Right Off The Runway! Spider Lashes!

Via The Beauty Department

post + photos by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

You see spider lashes on the runways every season and probably think to yourself “that’s so fashion-y but not something I’d want to do every day”. Agreed! But (you totally saw this one coming)… if the outfit is right, the time is night and the mood is sassy, why not let your lashes have a little downtown chic moment once in a blue moon? It’s fun and different; and let’s not forget makeup is a form of expression! Here’s how:



  1. Apply a generous coat of mascara on your top + bottom lashes.
  2. Dip your eyeshadow brush into loose powder and carefully powder your lashes. You can close your eyes if you’re worried about it getting inside but I usually give the brush a tap against the counter to get rid of any extra powder.
  3. Paint over each lash with the lacquer. If you don’t have one, you can use a second coat of mascara but will give up a little of the dramatic payoff that a lacquer will give. Try this technique if you’re using mascara for this step.
  4. To really exaggerate it, use tweezers to squeeze a few lashes together into star points.

Beauty 101 for Airplane Travel!

  • Moisturize – Apply a heavier moisturizer (night creams are great) the night before you are going to fly. This will help increase hydration in your skin.  Helping your skin to fight the dehydrating effects of cabin pressure.
  • Don’t Forget Hand Cream– Never leave home without hand cream in your bag, and use it liberally throughout the trip.  This will not only keep your hands from drying out, it will help counter the effects of harsh soaps found in public restrooms.
    A Boeing 737 airliner – an example of a fixed-wing aircraft
  • Skip Foundation –  Wear only moisturizer. Before you land, add a tinted moisturizer before you land.
  • Mist With Mineral Water -To refresh makeup while traveling, never glob on more foundation or blush. Instead, use a mister of mineral water and add a dab of moisturizer.
  • Blot  Oily Skin -To keep oily skin from getting out of control while traveling, bring blotting papers or rice papers and pat as often as necessary.
  • Add Some Shimmer – Perk up a tired complexion with a soft shimmer powder or cream. Stroke it lightly on the tops of cheeks, bridge of the nose, and lips for an instant pick-me-up no matter how tired (or queasy) you feel. Apply just before landing.
  • Skip Long-Lasting Lipsticks –  They will only dehydrate and parch your mouth. Color your lips with several coats of a lip stain, let dry, then top with a clear gloss or lip balm. Reapply  throughout the trip. Apply lip balm liberally through out the trip.  Yes, your kisser gets dehydrated too!
  • Cool Down Puffy Eyes -To reduce under-eye puffiness after a long trip, put crushed ice in a washcloth and apply it under the eyes.  Do this when you get to your hotel or ask for ice from the flight attendant and wrap in a napkin.
  • Bring Eye Drops – They will lubricate and soothe eyes if you’re reading or watching a movie, and refresh and wake up your eyes if you nap.  The ones that take the red out can be used temporarily to reduce redness in a surprise white head on the plane.
  • Avoid Wearing Mascara & Eye Shadows – they can move around on your face as you sleep.
  • Avoid Bright Nail Polish– Skip the brightly colored nail polish when traveling. It chips too easily and leaves you looking unfinished.  Instead buffing and polishing nails or apply a neutral, sheer color or clear polish that won’t call attention if it does chip.
  • Keep Your Hands Off Your Face – To minimize breakouts while you’re on vacation avoid touching your skin while you travel (this is good practice in everyday life!) You can pick up any number of unknown bacteria that can result in any number of skin problems, as well as food residue (potato chip or fries anyone.)  If you’re going to apply makeup while you’re in transit, use an antibacterial hand wash, wipes, or hand sanitizer on your hands first.
  • Take Your Cleanser With You -If you can only take one skin care item from home, let it be your cleanser. An abrupt change in cleansers can disrupt skin’s acid balance (pH) and cause your skin to breakout.  Put your cleanser in small travel sized container.
  • Facial Wipes – Use to wipe makeup off if on a long flight and you want to get some sleep for a few hours and to refresh yourself when waking up.
  • Get Your Beauty Sleep – If you’re going to nap on the plane, dab some super-rich night cream around your eyes, wear a sleep mask, ear plugs, and neck pillow. They will help you look fresher and more relaxed when you wake by helping to give you better quality sleep with less interuptions.
  • Pack Your Beauty Products – in a see-through cosmetic pouch so you can see what you’re reaching for.
  • Manage Your Hair – To keep hair looking good keep a natural boar bristle brush (to prevent static in your hair), a great hat or scarf to hide the sins of plane hair and dry shampoo (it cleans and deodorizes hair and adds volume in your carry-on. It comes in shades to match or blend with your own hair color.)
  • Wet Ones Pocket-Sized Hand Wipes – multi-purpose product stain remover (in a pinch), antibacterial, alternative for “washing” your hands, wiping down the armrest.
  • Keep Your Teeth Clean -Colgate Wisps  –  These single-use mini teeth cleaners have a pick on one end to scrape any gunk out of the chompers. They don’t require water or spitting so you can brush your teeth without getting up.
  • Mini tissues – Compact packet of tissues always a must! So many uses!

Summer Beauty: Waterproof & Sweat-proof Makeup!

Always look for long-lasting or waterproof on the label if you are looking to not have your makeup run.  Not all makeup is created equal! That’s I’m making a list of some great reliable products for this summer.  Remember less is more if you are going to be sweating or wet.

  • Use a water-based moisturizer to help long-wearing makeup stay put (not sure if water based, look to see if water is near the top of the ingredients), follow with a matte liquid foundation.
  • Apply waterproof/sweat-proof/long-lasting blush and eye shadow quickly. These products set super fast and stay on all day long.
  • To remove the makeup, which is hard.   First, use an oil-based makeup remover to loosen makeup, then follow with a cleanser to remove the leftover makeup and makeup remover.

The List:          S = Sweat-proof         L = Long-lasting          W = Waterproof

M.A.C Liquid Last Liner SWL
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil SLW
Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel SW
Bourjois Little Round Pot INTENSE Eyeshadow L

Kryolan Dermacolor Waterproof Powder SLW

Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner SLW
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner SLW
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat SLW
Tarte Matte Waterproof Bronzer SLW
Tarte Clean Slate 360° Creaseless 12-Hr Smoothing Eye Primer SLW
Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow SLW

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow

Duo Eyelash Adhesive SW
Makeup Forever Aqua Cream SLW

Makeup Forever Aqua Cream

Makeup Forever Face & Body Liquid Makeup SLW

Makeup Forever Full Coverage Concealer  SLW

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil SLW

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer SLW

Blinc Mascara SLW

Makeup Forever Aqua Seal (Make everything waterproof) SW

Prestige Waterproof Lipliner SLW


Fun Beauty Fact: Mascara!

Mascara has been used as far back as 4000 B.C. by ancient Egyptians and many other ancient cultures for instance the Babylonians, Greeks and Romans. The main component in ancient recipes for mascara is kohl which is still used today, especially in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa in products such as eyeliner.


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