Friday, December 30, 2016

Be a Makeup Junkie with these Lippie Deals!

Although the holidays are gone this year, the sales have not ended.  If you haven't gotten some gifts for yourself, now is the time.  Treat your lips to two Urban Decay lipstick palettes.

The first palette is the Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette ($25; orig. $35).  This limited-edition lipstick palette features 12 awe inspiring colors, ranging from neutrals to metallics to  berries to matte and to the adventurous.  The palette comes with a retractable lip brush and a good size mirror.
The second palette is the BlackMail Vice Lipstick Palette ($25; orig. $35).  Also, limited edition with 12 gorgeous, creamy lipstick shades.  The palette includes stunning neutrals, pinks, berries, reds, and oranges.  You can mix the lipsticks to create your own personalized lip color.  Or you can use the lipstick brush to contour your lips.  The options are endless but product availability is not!  Be sure to get either palette while supplies last.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Sparkle in 2017 with this Tarte Cosmetics Sale!

Tarte Cosmetics is ringing in the New Year with an up to 60% sale on select items.  My top pick is Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette ($28.00; orig. $42.00).  The Rainforest of the Sea palette has three lovely shades to bronze, highlight and contour.  The twinkle kit has sunlight (a champagne gold highlight), filtered light (matte sand, can also be used to set concealer), and moonlight (a rosy pearl; great for a lite contour).  Sale lasts until the final item is gone.  Also, did I mention that Tarte has free shipping on orders of $25 or more?

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Closing of 2016 with Holiday 20% off Sale

ColourPop is saying adieu to 2016 with a 20% off sale on their holiday items.  Products are already in low stock so make sure you get anything that wasn't checked off your Christmas wish list.  My top two picks for the sale are the Supershock eye shadow in Patchwork ($4.00; orig. $5.00) and the Ultra Matte Lip Gloss in Knotty ($4.80; orig. $6.00).  This eye shadow and lip gloss make for a perfect sultry pair (see below picture).  Sale lasts until the last holiday product is sold out.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Get the Look- Silver Bell Eyes Holiday Eye Shadow Tutorial

This holiday season let your eyes take center stage with this beautiful and sophisticated silver eye look.  This tutorial features products by ColourPop Cosmetics (free domestic shipping on orders over $30), Smashbox Cosmetics (orders at Ulta are 20% off with promo code on site for today only), Urban Decay, Clinique, MAC Cosmeticsand Mary Kay Cosmetics.  This eye look is really easy to do but super glamorous.  Check out below if you want to try out our Silver Bell Holiday Eye Look:

1) Prime your entire eye with Mary Kay Cosmetics Eye Primer ($12).  Take a small dot of Mary Kay Eye Primer on your ring finger and gently smooth on to brow bone and eyelid.  Let the primer absorb on the eyelid for about 10 seconds until putting on eye shadow.

2) Using your ring finger apply ColourPop Cosmetics Super Shock Eye Shadow in Glitterati ($5).  Gently swirl your ring finger into Gliterrati.  ColourPop's Super Shock Eye Shadows are very soft so you must do this carefully as not to dent the shadow and take out too much.  Glitterati is a stunning shade of metallic silver with flecks of gold.  We are using the ring finger instead of an eye
shadow brush to create an intense eye color look.  Tap the eye color on your eyelid, into the crease, and slightly above the crease.  If you need it, go back into Glitterati and pick up more color.

3) Line lower eyelash in Glitterati.  Take a liner brush and dip into Glitterati and slowly apply along the lower eyelash.

4)  Highlight brow bone in Foxy Eye Shadow ($19) by Urban Decay.  Foxy is a great neutral shade to highlight your brow bone for a number of eye cosmetic looks.  Use a flat shader brush to apply an even layer of Foxy on the brow bone.

5) Define eyelash lines using SmashBox's Always Sharp WaterProof Kohl Eyeliner in Raven ($21).  This is one of my favorite eyeliners.  As the name implies, this liner is always sharp and always on the mark.  Great for lining your waterline.  Use Raven to line upper and lower eyelash lines.  You won't be disappointed.

6)  Apply 2 coats of mascara to upper and bottom eyelashes.  Amp up the volume with Mary Kay's Lash Intensity mascara ($18; apply to upper eylashes only).  Allow upper eyelashes to dry in between coating 10 seconds and before applying mascara to the bottom lashes.  Use Clinique's bottom lash ($11.50) to coat well, your bottom lashes.

7) Finish the look with a berry lipstick.  Take MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Plumful ($17) and apply on lips for a festive holiday look.  Gorgeous!

There you have it, our Silver Bell Eye Look!  Comment below to let us know if you try and how you like the tutorial!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Medusa's Makeup Unboxing-November 2016

Medusa's Makeup, an independent and cruelty-free cosmetics company, has a monthly subscription in which you can try out specially curated makeup items for $15.95 a month.  This goody box is definitely a hit this month!  If you didn't get the subscription but would still like November's box, check out this page to purchase.  Keep reading to find out what came in November:

1.  Lip Gloss in Loud Mouth ($9.00).  This is a really gorgeous shade of coral-orange.  It pairs
nicely with a neutral look or navy blue eye shadow.  The lip gloss applies easy and is relatively long lasting although you will have to reapply if you drink or eat anything.  Thumbs up from me!

2.  Lip and Cheek Stain in Moody ($8.00).  Medusa's Makeup lip and cheek stain is very soft and smells faintly of cherry.  Although the shade name would imply that it would be a dark color, it actually is a sheer dark red.  I like it more as a lip stain and balm to keep my lips moisturized rather than a cheek blush.

3.  Eye Dust in Green Velvet ($7.00).  This is an awesome shade of dark green with hints of gold glitter.  I can imagine wearing this during the holidays and into the end of winter.  The eye dust is the same quality as Bare Minerals and is highly pigmented.

4. Makeup Setting Spray ($8.00).  Nice!  I've been looking for a travel makeup setting spray.  I think this fits the ticket.  The setting spray is made up of all natural waxes and is sure to keep your makeup from melting.  I will be trying this one out soon and let you know how it works.

The total amount this box is worth is $32.  Not as much as last month's, but I like the products in the November box better.  I think I will get more use out of these cosmetics every day.  Can't wait for next month's unboxing!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Get the Look- Sunny Pop Eye Shadow Tutorial

Urban Decay is having a fabulous sale on their limited edition Full Spectrum Palette ($39; reg. $55), featuring 21 mind blowing rainbow colors.  If you are a fan of color, then this palette is right up your ally.  This would also make a great Christmas present from Santa.  To celebrate the sale, we have designed a bright Sunny Pop eye shadow look.  Read below for the tutorial:

1.  Prime eyelids.  Using your ring finger, apply Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden ($20).

2.  Apply Mean as transition shade.  Take your blending brush and dip into Mean from the Full Spectrum palette.  Using a windshield wiper motion blend Mean into the crease of your eyelid.

3.  Blend Hatter into the crease.  Use a clean blending brush and apply Hatter to the outer end of your crease.

4.  Pack on Calavera to lid.  Take a small smudger brush and pack in Calavera color all over the eyelid.

5.  Blend colors together.  Create a seamless transition by blending colors together slowly with a clean blending brush.

6.  Define outer corner.  Take a small eyeliner brush and define the outer v of the eyelid with Midnight Blaze.  Blend color into the outer v with a clean blending brush.

8.  Highlight brow bone and inner corner of eye.  Use Urban Decay's Eyeshadow in Foxy to smooth out brow bone.  Using your pinky, gently tap on ColourPop's Highligter in Fanny Pack ($8.00).

7.  Define the eye.  Using ColourPop's Gel Eyeliner in Swerve ($5.00), line upper and lower lash lines.

8.  Amp up the drama with mascara.  Apply two coats of mascara both bottom and lower lashes with  Mary Kay's Lash Intensity ($18) and Clinique's Bottom Lash ($11.50).

Let us know how you like the tutorial and comment below!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Beauty Trove's Top 5 November Favorites

Better late than never!  Here are my top 5 favorites for the month of November.

1.  Gritty and Glow Magnetic Eye and  Face Palettes by Estee Edit ($58.00).   This limited edition dual palette features 6 buttery eye shadows and 6 highlighters and bronzers.  The grity palette (eye shadows) has beautiful bronze and golden shadows as well as jeweled toned colors.  The glow palette has soft and creamy highlighters that range from champagne to copper.  The gritty and glow magnetic eye and face palettes are a wonderful addition to everyone's cosmetic collection.

2.  Swerve Eyeliner by ColourPop ($5.00).  If you are looking for a creamy and rich black eye liner, look no further.  Swerve is an ulta pigmented black eyeliner that is used for a smooth application.  It is
a more cost-effective but similar quality eyeliner to the Marc Jacobs brand.  

3.  It's A 10 Potion 10 Instant Repair Leave-in Condition ($23.96).  I recently got a new hair cut and color so I wanted to switch up my hair routine.  I purchased this and #4 this past month and am absolutely loving them as a pair.  The leave-in conditioner gently moisturizes my hair throughout the night.  I mist it over my
shampooed hair and let my hair air dry.  It provides enough smoothing to my hair where I don't need to add any oil.

4.  It's A 10 Miracle Styling Potion ($19.96).  I love this product for my hair.  This will absolutely be a permanent part of my hair care routine.  I use this after I air dry my hair and right before I flat iron.  This product conditions hair while acting as a heat/thermal protector.  It keeps hair frizz free and smooth.  Definitely a

5.  Kat von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita ($21.00).  There is a reason why Lolita is a cult favorite.  I've been wearing this shade extensively for the month of November and have received a lot of compliments.  This is a great lipstick that goes with bold and neutral eye looks.  I will be looking into buying more shades as the product is very creamy and doesn't bleed on application.

Have you tried any of these products?  Let us know.  Also, what are your November favorites?

Monday, December 5, 2016

Awesome Sheet Mask Haul

A few weeks ago Ulta had a cyber deal on Biobelle sheet masks ($4.99), a BOGO event.  Last October I tried Biobelle's #Decadence sheet mask, a chocolate and acai berry infused mask that moisturizes your face.  I absolutely loved that mask and took Coffee Break with Dani's advice and used it before applying my makeup.  The mask smelled wonderfully of chocolate and it was a relaxing 15 minutes.  Biobelle Masks are made out of tencel, a biodegradable fiber, and fits nicely on the face.  It feels like a second skin.  Once the 15 minutes are up, I rinsed my face and applied my primer and cosmetics.  My foundation looked spot on and my eye makeup lasted all day long!

For the BOGO sale, I decided to purchase masks that would amount to $35 so I could receive free shipping.  I placed 8 #Decadence sheet masks in my cart as well as 2 #HappyHour masks (tightening) and 6 #BeautySecret masks (firming).  I use one mask each week.  I find that you can actually get two uses from each masks.  I use an additional sheet mask from Amazon ($2.15 with free shipping) to absorb the remainder of the serum to get a second use out of the Biobelle products.  With holiday sales likely to continue and possibly ramp up closer to the end of the month, I am betting there will be another Biobelle BOGO sale for you to try out some sheet masks.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Urban Decay Smoke Out Sale!

Ulta is having the greatest deal on their website today only.  Get your full Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette for 50% off.  Yep, that's right folks, Naked Smoky can be yours for only $27 (orig. $54).  Ulta is certainly getting into the holiday spirit!  Tweet this article to get the word out.