I Got Gucci II for $4 Say Whaaaat?

I really hope Ulta isn't changing their rewards system any time soon. I've heard rumors that it's going to become more like a Sephora-type system, where you redeem little "sample" type items immediately when you reach certain "levels". 
I'm not a fan of that.
I like my $40 credits for fragrances. A lot.
This quarter, I actually earned enough points for... get ready for it.... $80 toward fragrances.
That's right.  I may be addicted to shopping at Ulta.

For the details on what I picked up this month at Ulta and how I spent my rewards points, check out the video below!


Purple and Pink Spring Makeup Look

 LOVING this combo for Spring! Purple and pink are so easily combined and can actually be quite wearable. I really wanted to combine these two shades because I've found that a lot of people, even those scared of color, can usually pull off purple with little fear.  Pink, however, is another story. It's one of those shades that can throw some a bit where eye shadow is concerned. So to show you how easy it can be to wear, I combined it with purple for a surprisingly easy and fun look. 
Don't forget to check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial.

Products Used:
Tarte Smolder Eyes Pencil (dark eggplant for base)
MAC eye liner in Heirloom
MAC Dynamic Duo #1 & #4
MAC Dark Diversion Fluidline
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
NARS Laguna Bronzer
Butter Lippie in Trout Pout

not shown in video:
Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ foundation
Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Blonde

Don't forget your brushes! I used all Sigma brushes for this video. 
 To see which ones I used and how I used them, check out the video tutorial below.
**APRIL DISCOUNT CODE for Sigma Beauty! Click here and enter code APRIL2012 at checkout to save 10% off your entire order until April 30th, 2012

Some MAC products provided by MAC Cosmetics for consideration.


Perfect Winged Liner Technique- SO EASY & Long-Wearing

Where makeup is concerned, people generally comment BY FAR the most on three things. My foundation, my eyelashes, and my eye liner. People always want to know the easiest way to create a winged look, because let's be honest, it can be tricky. When I first started using liquid liner years ago, there is NO WAY I could have created a perfect winged look. Working with liquid liner in general can be very tricky for beginners, and something that takes some practice with more traditional formulas.
Luckily, I discovered some "pen" style liquid liners a few years back (when I first used MAC's Penultimate liner) and I was impressed at how easy they were to use. For some reason, using them really didn't "stick" with me until recently. I've been using these "pen" liners non-stop. Seriously, can't remember the last time I used any other type of liner. My favorite I've tried? By far, the Revlon Colorstay Pen.
So if you can use a marker or a pen, you can do this, I swear. Nothing tricky about it. I also am in love with the thinner (but still very pigmented), almost stain-like formulas of these. Perfect for these warmer months because they are so long-wearing.
Alright, so enough pen-liner praise.
Check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial on how to create a perfect winged look. Did I mention how easy this is?? Seriously. Easy as pie.


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New MAC Collections! *SWATCHES* Reel Sexy, Tres Cheek, In Extra Dimension

For more info on these collections, and my thoughts, be sure to check out my video below!

MAC Reel Sexy
April 5, 2012 through May 24, 2012

Lipstick, $14.50

l-r, Pink Popcorn, Heroine, Watch Me Simmer, Reel Sexy

Cremesheen Glass, $19.50
l-r, Private Screening, Star Quality, Cinestyle, Colour Saturation

Eye Kohl, $15.00
(top) Heirloom, (bottom) Hyacinth

Nail Lacquer, $16.00
l-r, Vivid Effect, Screening Room, In the Dark....Purple

Pro Palette Eye Shadow x2, $27.50
Dynamic Duo 4

Dynamic Duo 1

MAC Tres Cheek
April 5, 2012 through May 3, 2012

Powder Blush, $20.00

l-r, Modern Mandarin, Peony Petal, Lovecloud

MAC In Extra Dimension
April 5, 2012 through May 24, 2012

Extra Dimension Skinfinish, $28.00
top left: Glorify, top right: Whisper of Gilt
bottom: Superb

Extra Dimension Eye Shadow, $20.00
top, l-r: Dark Dare, Rich Core, Modern Pewter
bottom, l-r: Lunar, Warm Thunder

What are you guys most interested in? Any favs from the new collections? Tell me your thoughts!

***MAC products provided for consideration with no agreements or obligations to feature in videos or on my blog.


Spring/Summer Foundation Trick & Tutorial: LONG WEARING

When the weather changes, so should your makeup routine. It just makes good sense. Warm weather = time outdoors = high temperatures = sweat = something that just does not mix well with makeup.
Equals no one likes that. Or your sweaty runny makeup face.
Couldn't resist.

So I wanted to share this great way of applying makeup during these warmer months in a way that keeps your makeup looking flawless, gives you great coverage, and really uses little product. So you're not suffocating underneath layers of products or heavy foundation.

To see my trick and my current Spring/Summer foundation tutorial, check out my video below!