The five items you need to survive any holiday party! #UltaTrendAlert #StyleHunters4Ulta

The five items you need to survive any holiday party!

Holiday parties. They can be so much fun…or they can be so embarrassing thanks to unforeseen fashion emergencies. Help is here with 5 essentials to save you from potentially embarrassing situations…who wants to be the subject of the water cooler gossip on Monday? Not us, and we won’t be with these awesome situational saviors that are all available at Ulta Beauty.

Breath Treatment Crystals1.  What is worse than making small talk with someone who has nasty breath? Finding out later that YOU were the source of the nastiness. The perfect antidote to bad breath (and exactly what you need to prevent it from happening in the first place) are the EV32 Breath Treatment Crystals. My favorite flavor is Peppermint, and an 18 pack is only $15 – a small price to pay for minty-fresh, inoffensive breath you can count on. A hip alternative to gum or mints, they ‘pop’ in your mouth – sort of like Pop Rocks (those of you who grew up in the 1980’s remember those!) and they fit perfectly in your purse.

Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes

 2.  Ok, bad breath is awful…but how about looking down and realizing you have a big old wet ring under your arms? I love the Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes ($9). A single swipe keeps sweat at a minimum and does double duty as a deodorant as well. These are must-haves at a party, especially when you know that super cute guy from accounting is going to be there too.

 Poo-Pourrie

3.  Look, we all know – everybody poops. However, a holiday party is the WORST place to suddenly have an emergency digestion issue, but it’s all the more likely thanks to that rich food you aren’t used to eating. What is a girl to do??? Always carry a bottle of Poo-Pourri Before You Go Toilet Spray ($10). This stuff works. Just spray it on the top of the toilet water and regardless of the intensity or duration of your toilet emergency, there will be NO lingering scent. Everyone should have one of these. I have a friend whose mother puts one in everyone’s stocking each Christmas. No joke – get this!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

4.  So you are at a party and happen to look into a mirror. You suddenly realize that it looks like you’ve been up for an entire week binge-watching Homeland. Oh, and you also have a big old zit that definitely wasn’t there an hour ago. Duck into the bathroom and take care of both instantly with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer ($24, the travel size is only $10!). The tube is a perfect size for your purse and the concealer looks totally natural but covers even the darkest circles, the biggest zits, and the most glaring red spots.

AG Travel Size Brunette Dry Shampoo

5.  As careful as you might be getting ready, it’s inevitable – you get to the party and see gray roots that weren’t showing before. Or, your hair has gotten as oily as a 13-year-old boy who hasn’t showered in 48 hours. Or, your hairdo has fainted and become a flat, sad hair don’t. No worries if you have your travel size can of AG HAIR Travel Size Brunette Dry Shampoo (10.95)!  This handy-dandy stuff makes oily roots, flat hair, and grey roots disappear like magic.

Don’t be afraid of those holiday parties…with these 5 miracles from Ulta Beauty you can party with total confidence!!  – Lisa #UltaTrendAlert #StyleHunters4Ulta @UltaBeauty

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My happy place for Ageless Beauty With Ulta

Ulta is one of my happy places. It’s one of my favorite places to shop and probably the store I go to most often. Ulta has come a long way since it began and now carries just about every brand I crave. It’s the closest store to my home and the parking is great so I make sure that I go there whenever the mood strikes. For the month of November they are celebrating Ageless Beauty, which I consider to be perfect for me. Almost every product on their Ageless Beauty section on Ulta.com has a great gift with purchase along with it which, of course, makes it more enticing. Following are 9 items I either have from Ageless Beauty or want. Why not find out about these and see which ones would take you to a happy place. — Marcia

1447636462_2293860__detail_?1447636462Philosophy Glowing Days Ahead Set –  this $89 set is packed and ready to give for a Christmas gift. Philosophy is one of those brands that has so much appeal and is sure to bring a smile to anyone you gave this to. It contains travel sizes of some of their most coveted products: Purity Made Simple Cleanser, Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, Microdelivery Peel, Step 1 & Step 2, Renewed Hope In A Jar, Hope In A Jar Night, Time In A Bottle Facial Serum, and Time In A Bottle Facial Serum Activator. There’s also a FREE 3-pc Skincare Gift with any $50 Philosophy Skincare purchase which you could keep or share.
1447636398_2276871__detail_?1447636398Hada Laba Tokyo Introductory Kit – while there’s no gwp with this it is on sale for only $15.99. I picked this to share because this is one of my favorite brands. I don’t buy drugstore style skincare often but since I’ve reviewed Hada Laba Tokyo, I’ve bought every product again. I love that they have an introductory kit so you could try this fragrance free great brand. Inside this gift box are travel sizes of Hydrating Facial Cleanser, Skin Plumping Gel Cream, and Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask. This is a great buy for trial or for travel.
1447636329_2293339__detail_?1447636329StriVectin Skin Renewing Favorites Collection –  is a wishlist item that I really want to try. It’s $89 but this gives you the opportunity to try this luxury skincare to see if it’s for you. Now that I’ve had the opportunity to try StriVectin myself I want to delve into it more (and more). This kit contains SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks (2.0 oz.), Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles (0.25 oz.), TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream (1.0 oz.), Intensive Illuminating Serum (0.25 oz.). There are actually two gwp with this set. In store you should receive FREE deluxe sample SD Advanced Concentrate for Wrinkles and Stretch Marks 1 oz, while online only is their FREE StriVectin 3-pc Sampler and Cosmetic Bag with any $89 StriVectin purchase.
1447636258_2286461__detail_?1447636258Rodial Dragons Blood Discovery Kit –  do I want this $49 kit for the products or the name?? I’m not sure but I read really good things about this Rodial line and what better way to try it than a discovery kit? Inside you’ll find deluxe travel sizes of Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water (3.4 oz.), Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic (1.7 oz.), Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel (0.30 oz.), and  Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturizer (0.34 oz.). Will I look be more hydrated using this kit? Only one way to find out!
1447636170_2241146__detail_?1447636170Bliss Fabulips Treatment Kit – is a kit of products that I’ve considered many times. My lips are an area of concern as they seem to be shrinking into my face. I can’t afford shots to make them look better plus I’ve seen so many bad cosmetic surgery jobs that I am not going for that. Instead for $45 I could try a kit that contains some of Bliss’ best sellers and get a gwp of a deluxe sample Triple Oxygen Mask with any Bliss purchase

  • Foaming Lip Cleanser, to lift impurities (0.24 oz.)
  • Sugar Lip Scrub, to gently exfoliate (0.5 oz.)
  • Instant Lip Plumper, to visibly volumize (0.06 oz.)
  • Softening Lip Balm, to soften and moisturize (0.12 oz.)
1447636103_2293434__detail_?1447636103Algenist Wink & Kiss –  I love the name of this kit and I love Algenist. That makes it easy. I’ve always said that Algenist’s Complete Eye Balm is a favorite and this kit would get you a deluxe travel size of it plus it contains Complete Lip Renewal Balm which I’d love to try. For only $25 you could buy this and also get a gwp of a deluxe sample Retinol Firming and Lifting Serum with any Algenist purchase. I say you can’t miss this one! That’s a lot for the money.
1447636031_2266976__detail_?1447636031Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($30) are already a favorite of mine. I pamper my eyes and these help me do that. They are easy to use, travel friendly and with 8 separately sealed packs inside they really aren’t that expensive. And to sweeten the deal they have a gwp of Icelandic Relief Eye Cream with any Skyn Iceland purchase. I’d buy this if I didn’t still have half the packets left.
1447635966_2288457__detail_?1447635966Michael Todd Sonic Clear Cleansing System – you’ve heard me talk about this several times. Ulta has this in two colors on their Ageless Beauty page – this adorable floral or the original lavender that I own. But for $149 you’d get much more than the Sonic Clear System which will help exfoliate and cleanse, you’ll also receive Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Cleanser with pump (1.7 oz.), Honey & Oat Daily Gentle Cleanser with pump (1.7 oz.) and Jojoba Charcoal Face Scrub (1.35 oz.), These are not samples, these are the real deal. My favorite of those three is the Honey & Oat Daily Gentle Cleanser but I’ve used the others and they are great too.
1447635906_2278297__detail_?1447635906Foreo Lunanow why would I put another cleansing tool in here? Because these are both amazing and they are different. The Foreo Luna ($199) is amazingly gentle. It is great for a very light exfoliation but not as complete as the Michael Todd Sonic Clear Cleansing System. The Foreo Luna is one that you can use any day and every day because it’s not harsh. It massages and soothes and cleanses like nothing else. You can use it in the shower without a worry. It’s a great size for travel and it holds a charge for months on end. Plus it would make an elegant and luxurious gift for someone (including you).
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AGELESS BEAUTY shares ideas from $8 to $449 so there’s something at every price range. The gift with purchases will only be available until November 28th so make sure you are shopping by then so you can get something extra for your money. Plus you do know that Ulta is the only site that gives you money back on purchases, don’t you? Right now I just have $3 waiting but I’ll hold off on using that until I accumulate more. It makes shopping at Ulta even better and makes me very happy!  — Marcia
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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty – the steals you don’t want to miss #UltaTrendAlert

ulta logoMost people celebrate holidays like New Year’s Eve, Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and the like. There are a few days a year that are made for beauty lovers though and that’s what we get excited about and celebrate. Ulta Beauty has their 21 Days of Beauty that the typical makeup junkie looks forward to, wishin’ and prayin’ and hopin’ that the items we want will be part of the amazing specials that are available. This fall Ulta picked 9/16/15 through 9/26/15 to let our imaginations run wild and our purchases to be steals.

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Catalog

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Catalog

The minute I got my catalog in the mail I started going through and deciding what I must have. I circled and wrote and put reminders in my personal calendar so I wouldn’t miss the Steals that I felt I couldn’t live without. My number one wishlist item was IT Cosmetics Eyelift In A Tube on sale for $14.50 from $29. There was no way I was going to let that slip by.

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Steals and Deals

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Steals and Deals

To my delight Ulta sent 3 items from the catalog and my number one and two wishlist items were in that package. Be still my heart! That doesn’t mean I won’t be ordering more from Ulta because there are quite a few things I still “need”. To sweeten the pot I’ll be using Ebates to get money back! Such a win/win situation.

IT Cosmetics Eyelift In A Tube (September 15th)

IT Cosmetics Eyelift In A Tube (September 15th)

Tuesday Sept. 15th is the day I’m most excited about because that’s the day that IT Cosmetics Eyelift in a Tube is available. This has two sides that have everything I need to brighten and conceal. One side is Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer (top swatch) while the other is Hello Light Brightener. What I love about this product (which I bought the minute I learned about it) is that it brightens without a single bit of shimmer. It’s my secret weapon especially after a day with the kids. The Brightener luminizes without looking fake. You aren’t going to glow in the dark with this, you are going to lighten up though with a more youthful undereye look.

What makes IT Cosmetics so special is that they use skincare ingredients in their cosmetics. They are concerned with anti-aging as much as I am. IT Cosmetics tells us: “This innovative, full coverage, anti-aging concealer and luminizing Brightener was developed with plastic surgeons to instantly vanish imperfections from view! Eyelift In A Tube is formulated with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, anti-oxidants and Drops of Light Technology for an instant flawless, radiant complexion. Key ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, niacin and vitamins C, A, & E mean your skin looks younger instead of older! Paraben free, cruelty free.” I tell you it’s amazing. This is available in Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, and Rich (seen here).

To sweeten the pot Ulta has a gift with purchase if you spend $45 on IT Cosmetics which is the easiest thing in the world for me. Buy any of their brushes (especially the eyebrow brush), their gel eyeliner, or my favorite IT CC+ Cream and you’ll be thrilled.

Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation

Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation

If you are buying online then check out Dermablend that day too since that gets total raves and is 35% off on Tuesday Sept. 15th only.

Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten Foundation (on 9/20)

Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten Foundation (on 9/20)

On Sunday September 20th there are two great items available. Laura Geller Beauty Balance-n-Brighten Foundation is $20 that day (from $33). This powder foundation is one I’d been eager to try and happily I’ve got this to balance my foundation collection while brightening my face. You can also get Smashbox’s Full Exposure Mascara for $10 that day, it’s Smashbox’ best seller.

Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten Foundation is a baked foundation that has multiple colors in it. The variation is to help color correct your skin and also bring a brightening effect. I buff in the foundation with a soft kabuki brush I have from IT Cosmetics and it leaves me with a light to medium matte coverage depending on how much powder I use. “Mineral oil and paraben-free formulation also contains powerful anti-aging and anti-oxidant protection of centella Asiatica and white tea extracts.” While I’ve just had a chance to use this twice I like the coverage it’s giving me. I can also use it over another foundation as a setting powder if I use a very light fluffy brush. It’s available in 5 shades (Porcelain, Fair, Medium, Tan and Deep) and it too has a gwp with a $30 LG purchase.

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (on 9/21)

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (on 9/21)

Skyn Iceland has two gel mask sets on sale on September 21st and the Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($19.50 from $30) were on my list as soon as I saw them. I had 1 set in a subscription box and that sold me on these. Excitement set in when I saw I could order these. These award winning eye gels are a perfect pick-me-up. The skin under our eyes is so delicate that it shows stress early on. I love that you can use them for just 10 minutes and see results. It’s the perfect date night treat while you are getting ready.

They are cooling transdermal get patches that are infused with Icelandic glacial waters as well as firming ingredients to help depuff and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. “Peptides and botanicals improve blood flow and reduce puffiness while advanced antioxidants help prevent future damage. The patch, a cutting-edge delivery system, is easy to both apply and remove and is non-irritating.” These are safe for all skintypes even the most sensitive. They don’t contain parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, chemical sulfates or phthalates plus they are 100% vegan and cruelty free. There are 8 sets of eye patches and it’s recommended that you use these once a week. Ulta also has a deluxe sample with any Skyn Iceland purchase as the gwp.

Here’s the rest of my wishlist:

9/22 butter LONDON Buy One Get One Free

Ulta butter LONDON BOGO on 9/22

Ulta butter LONDON BOGO on 9/22

9/23  Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush & Powder Blush ($13 from $26) and a gwp of a mini Bali blush

9/23 Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush & Powder Blush

9/23 Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush & Powder Blush

9/24  Mally Beauty Face Defender ($25 from $40) which I’m absolutely buying a back up of!

9/25 Mally Beauty Face Defender

9/24 Mally Beauty Face Defender

9/25  IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara ($12 from $24)

9/24 IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes

9/24 IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes

You just can’t beat these Steals. No one ever has 50% off of the best of the best except for Ulta during 21 Days of Beauty. Remember that these are only available for one day – before and after they are regularly priced. So don’t be tardy to the party, get to Ulta very early or get online and order to your heart’s content. Like I said, I also use a rebate site like Ebates to maximize my savings.

What are the Steals and Deals that you have taken advantage of or plan to purchase? — Marcia

 

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It’s Mario Badescu savings time at Ulta on March 28th

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Two of my favorite items are on sale at Ulta during 21 Days of Beauty on Saturday March 28th. I’ve become enamored with Bare Minerals Lash Domination mascara and it will be 50% off that day. Plus the entire Mario Badescu line will be 25% off. You don’t want to miss this sale. I don’t think you can find a better one on Mario Badescu. But ShopAtHome.com can make it even better!

ShopAtHome.com is rebating 4% of your purchases from Ulta through April 4, 2015. Why wouldn’t you want to get money back on your favorite buys? I sure want to do that.  Last week I wrote about ShopAtHome but did you pay attention? ShopAtHome.com is an online coupon and Cash Back site that partners with thousands of online retailers and more than 60 million members to deliver savings and rewards. Now why would you miss out on coupons and cash back? It’s so easy, just start at ShopAtHome.com and click the site you want to shop at. ShopAtHome will open to that site and you are done. You’ll earn the cash back in your account.

Mario Badescu Drying Potion

Mario Badescu Drying Potion

Now let’s talk about Mario Badescu. We have several reviews of the brand because it’s a favorite here on Beauty Info Zone. The Mario Badescu item that I’ve used for the longest time of any is the DRYING POTION. I get the occasional breakout and of course they are always in the most obvious places. I don’t like concealer on top of my breakouts because I think it can infect them more and it can make them look very obvious. So the solution is to great rid of them as quickly as possible. The solution to that is Mario Badescu Drying Potion.

Mario Badescu Drying Potion

Mario Badescu Drying Potion

This magical concoction works quickly for me. It dries up the ugliness in a relatively short amount of time so that I can continue looking less like a teenager and more like an adult.

Mario Badescu Drying Potion

Mario Badescu Drying Potion

You need to be careful with Drying Potion. Do NOT shake it. I didn’t know that the first time I bought it and wondered why there were so many raves. Now I know the “secret”. Leave the bottle upright, use a cotton swab (aka q-tip) and just dip it into the bottle so that you pick up the pink solution at the bottom. The swab will also pick up the clear solution above. Dab it on but don’t rub it on (another “secret” you need to know). That’s it. Leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning.

Mario Badescu Drying Potion is great for whiteheads and new pimples just forming. It’s also recommended for back acne or chest breakouts. It’s sensitive enough to use on all skintypes. And if someone in your household gets a mosquito bite, you’ve got the solution for that right in this bottle.

Mario Badescu Drying Potion is normally $17. For Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty it’s 25% off therefore it’s $12.75 on 3/28/15 only. Plus you’ll earn back 4% from shopathome.com bringing that down to $12.24 while you earn 51 cents more in your ShopAtHome account. And the more you buy, the more you save.

No matter what days you are shopping at Ulta during this special, always start at ShopAtHome.com. — Marcia

 

INGREDIENTS: Isopropyl Alcohol,Aqua (Water, Eau), Calamine, Camphor, Sulfur, Resorcinol, Salicylic Acid, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Glycerin

Mario Badescu Drying Potion

Mario Badescu Drying Potion

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Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty features Urban Decay Primer Potion on 3/21/15

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There are several absolutes I have in my life

* I absolutely use sunscreen every day without fail

* I absolutely use an eye cream every single day

* I absolutely apply an eyeshadow primer when wearing eye makeup, I won’t go without

* I absolutely use a rebate company when shopping online, I want more for my money

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That brings me to Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty, Urban Decay Primer Potion and ShopAtHome.com.

March 21st specials at Ulta

March 21st specials at Ulta

Urban Decay Original Primer Potion

Urban Decay Original Primer Potion

On Saturday March 21st Ulta’s Daily special is 50% off Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. Now you all know about Primer Potion but did you know you can get the original for only $10 on 3/21?  UD PP (as we lovingly call it) was the first eyeshadow primer to catch our attention and drive us wild. It sold out so quickly that Ulta couldn’t keep it in stock. Urban Decay has upped the ante with other Primer Potions and they’ve improved the packaging since the beginning. It never goes bad so if you are like me, you’ll want to stock up. I was sent this particular one and I have the Anti-Aging Eye Shadow Primer Potion that will be $12 that day. I need another and want to try out Eden which is new. My shadows need UD Primer Potion for lasting power and vibrancy.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Now for my last absolute – Shopathome.com. Here’s how it works:

Huge ULTA and COVERGIRL giveaway plus a Grammy inspired look!

Wow, the Grammys sure were polarizing this year, in terms of both the fashion and the politics! It was a great show and to celebrate ULTA and COVERGIRL are sponsoring a HUGE giveaway for BIZ readers. Plus, I have a COVERGIRL look inspired by the pop princess herself, Rihanna.

Win all of these COVERGIRL products and a $50 Ulta giftcard too!

Win COVERGIRL products and a $50 Ulta giftcard too!

Also, from now until February 21st, ULTA shoppers who purchase any COVERGIRL product can receive an additional COVERGIRL product for 50% off!

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photo credit: cnn.com

Yes, Rihanna was pretty amazing performing Four Five Seconds with Paul McCartney and Kanye, but her true WOW moment was on the red carpet in her Giambattista Valli couture silk and tulle gown. I know, I know…lots of people thought this was a huge miss and that she looked like a giant toilet paper cozy. But I loved this! It’s big, it’s a statement, and it’s fun! I think the gown looks amazing on Rihanna and the pink shade is beautiful. A gown like this needs soft hair and makeup, which is exactly what Rihanna chose.

My Grammy inspired look with COVERGIRL products

My Grammy inspired look with COVERGIRL products

That gorgeous pink gown and Rihanna’s understated makeup inspired my look which I created using products sent to the BIZ by ULTA and COVERGIRL. Products I used include Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad, Bombshell Pow-Der BROW + Liner in 805, Full Lash Bloom Mascara, and Outlast Lip Color in 720.

Covergirl Grammy Inspired look

COVERGIRL Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad

COVERGIRL Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad

The Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad has a beautiful deep pink which I used on the mobile lid; a shimmery copper pink I used in the crease; a medium matte brown used in the crease and the outer portion of the mobile lid; and a light shimmery pink which I used on the brow. The end result? A glam yet still understated eye look that really opens the eye.

COVERGIRL Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad

COVERGIRL Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad

COVERGIRL Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad swatched

COVERGIRL Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad swatched

COVERGIRL Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad and Bombshell Eyeliner swatched

COVERGIRL Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad and Bombshell Pow-Der BROW + Liner swatched

I then lined my upper and lower lash line with the Bombshell Pow-Der BROW + Liner and filled in my eyebrows, too. This is a winner of an eyeliner thanks to the easy to use felt applicator and the powder doesn’t smudge.

Covergirl Blooming Blushes eye

Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara brush

Then I applied three coats of the Full Lash Bloom Mascara, which has a stellar brush that really grabs every lash. I finished with a peachy-pink lip courtesy of the Outlast Lip Liner in 720. This is a longwearing lip color that comes with a fabulous topcoat that adds moisture and shine.

My COVERGIRL Grammy inspired look

My COVERGIRL Grammy inspired look

To celebrate the Grammys, ULTA and COVERGIRL are sponsoring our giveaway so you can create your own Grammy inspired look! Here is what you can win:

Covergirl and Ulta giveaway

A $50 ULTA gift card so you can go buy lots of goodies to make your own look

Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

1 COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara:  Bring out every lash with Full Lash Bloom by LashBlast Mascara. The petal-shaped brush design aligns, combs, and coats every lash evenly for full, separated volume, while the soft mousse formula with full-flex system makes lashes soft and full as a flower – not stiff or spiky.

CoverGirl Eyeshadows

Covergirl Eyeshadow Quads

COVERGIRL Eyeshadow Quads

1 COVERGIRL Eye Shadow Quad:  New shadows with high-intensity shades, rich textures and beautiful intuitive pack design providing that instant eye impact. Shadows are enriched with skin conditioners and modifiers for a smooth, even application.

Covergirl Bombshell Eyeliners

1 Bombshell Pow-Der BROW + Liner:  Get beautifully defined, face-framing brows & soft eye definition instantly and easily.

Covergirl Outlast Lip Colors

1 Outlast Lip Color:  Our advanced formula, with resilient, brilliant coverage, color, and shine, gives you up to 16 hours of color that stays true, in just 2 easy, breezy steps. Outlast’s long-lasting lip color has a moisturizing topcoat that helps lock in shine – no feathering, no bleeding

With all the beautiful artists in the music categories of Alternative, Pop, R&B, Country and Rock, there must be at least one who inspired a makeup look for you. Take a moment to enter this giveaway so you can create your own look with ULTA and COVERGIRL! And don’t forget, from now until February 21st, ULTA shoppers who purchase any COVERGIRL product can receive an additional COVERGIRL product for 50% off!

This is open to US only through February 23rd @11:50 p.m. EST. If the comments close early then just comment on our Facebook page or email me at [email protected]gmail.com with your comment, then you can click “I commented” and go on with other options.  Be sure to enter today!! — Lisa

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Starting the new year with Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation

I wonder if most makeup fanatics are as crazy about foundation as I am. I hadn’t heard about the Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation prior to receiving it for review but I was excited to try this out. When I opened the box I was surprised to see the small spatula inside and was eager for a peek.

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation open

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation open

As you can see it’s a solid foundation. It doesn’t move in the jar. I either scoop it out and put a small amount on my metal spatula or the back of my hand or I dampen a foundation brush and pick up the foundation that way.

Velvet Touch Foundation

Velvet Touch Foundation

The reason is clear why it’s named Velvet Touch once you use it. It gives an airbrushed look to my face when I buff it in with a flat top foundation brush. The most interesting thing is that you’d expect to get a heavy cosmetic look but that’s not the case at all. Instead this is actually a lightweight foundation but one with good coverage. I don’t look cakey at all.

Japonesque BB/CC Cream Brush

Japonesque BB/CC Cream Brush

While I don’t have this brush, the Japonesque BB/CC Cream Brush is exactly like the one I do have. I’ll spritz it with a little water (Evian, Vichy) and pick up the color right from the jar. If I’m not in the mood for that then I’ll use my Beauty Blender sponge.

ingredients for Japonesque Foundation

ingredients for Japonesque Foundation

This is sold at Ulta ($36) and the reviews are mostly great. The only confusion I have with them is that some people love it for oily skin while another doesn’t. My skin is normal and confused. Dry areas and oily t-zone. It’s a great finish for my skin.

The difficult part is picking a color online. Ulta has a great chart to help you choose but I still found the Fair Shade 1 to be on the yellow side for me.

Fair Shade 1

Fair Shade 1

Fair Shade  1

Fair Shade 1

I’m very happy to have Japonesque Velvet Touch in my arsenal of foundation since it’s a nice choice especially when I need a little more coverage. It looks natural on, it feels great and it lasts well for me during the day. Japonesque has done us a favor by adding color cosmetics to their line. Not only can you use the coupons from Ulta ($3.50 off or 20%) since it’s not in the prestige section but you can easily find it. I can’t wait to explore more from this brand. What Japonesque cosmetics have you tried? I’d love to hear recommendations. — Marcia

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