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Influenster Spring VoxBox

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Influenster.com Spring VoxBox

 

 

Hello Dolls!

Many of you have asked and wondered about Influenster.com. This is a great site that gives consumers to sound off on products. It is your opportunity to review and talk about the products you love or don’t love. If you qualify, you may be sent the coveted VoxBox! Each quarter they have one they send to lucky consumers for free. Once you receive the VB you simply try the products out and give your honest feedback. This go round I got the Spring VoxBox.

The spring voxbox came equipped with some really great items including, Playtex Sport Tampons, Softlips lip balm, Kiss nails in Everlasting French, a peach scented car freshener, Rimmel Mascara, and Nivea hydrating lotion.

I have to say I was happy with each one of the products. My nails and lip balm were my two favorites. The nails are a quick way to make your hands look stunning (review to come). Overall the voxbox had great products and I am happy with all they sent.

If you want the option to receive the voxbox, simply go to http://www.influenster.com to sign up. Its free to join. I hope this provided a little more info on how Influesnter works and what you can expect from voxboxes.

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New Year New Storage!

If you are like me then you probably have hoards of makeup at home and are looking for ways to store them. Many of us don’t always use the makeup we have simply because we forget about it, can’t find it, or it is hidden in a drawer somewhere. One of the best ways to start the New Year is by doing a makeup cleansing and reorganizing.

Organizing can sound daunting to some, but it actually can be quite cathartic. According to  , (2011) organizing can be great for stress management. Now we all made resolutions in the New Year, some chose losing weight, others chose to quit vices. One easy and affordable way to improve your stress management and beauty life is through makeup organization!

Step 1. Finding the Right Storage!

Finding the right storage can be a lot of fun. First figure out what type of space you are working with. Do you do your makeup in your room, in the bathroom, or a closet? Figure out your space and then assess what will fit into that area. Depending on your space and budget there are items that will help get your makeup inline.

Here are some easy makeup storage solutions: 

Acrylic trays: These are great for counter top storage. These work for powders, lipsticks, or even disposables such as cotton balls, q-tips, sponges. etc.  These are inexpensive and easy to find at stores such as Target and Wal-Mart.

$8.99 Target

Makeup/vanity storage - $9 at Target!

Toolboxes and craft boxes are another excellent way of storing your makeup. You can find these for $19.96 at Home Depot store or even at craftstores like Michaels. These are a great way to store makeup because it can be cataloged  labeled and you can see through so you know what you have available.

makeup storage solutions...

Stackable drawers are another great way of storing makeup. These can also be found at Wal-Mart and Target and range in price depending on the size you get.  The only challenge with these is they can begin to become a dumping ground of various products. So if you do opt for drawers like the ones below add organizing inserts and label each drawer so you keep things neat!

Affordable Makeup Storage Drawers

Office storage products are excellent ways of storing makeup! They are affordable and easily accessible. Today’s office storage solutions are also a lot more fashionable then in years past so you have the option of customizing units to fit your style and decor.

makeup storage

Do it yourself! For those of you who are crafty you can create your own makeup storage solutions. Such as makeup boards or brush storage like the ones featured below.

How to Make it

Makeup Magnet Wall ... Love this one! Would be great for organizing / viewing all of the mineral makeup.  Also helpful if a bathroom or vanity areas has little counter space or storage cupboards.  Everywhere has walls.  :)

#DIY #Makeup/brush storage

Acrylic Drawers are a fantastic way to store your makeup. Many people first saw these on Keeping up with the Kardashians. These drawers look beautiful on counters and are excellent for easily locating your product. If your budget can afford them they retail from $150-$300.00 depending on the size of each unit.

makeup organizer - Only $15 !

Step 2. The Purge!

This is the scary and often frustrating part of organizing. gather all your makeup together on a large table and organize each piece into different piles. Put products into groups of like items (shadows together, liners together, etc.). Now that you have them grouped, take a long hard look at each item and ask yourself  “do I use this? Will I use this?”

If you answered no to either question, then toss it! We tend to hang on to things for too long!! If you have had it for more than 2 years and its barely been touched, chances are you will never use it! Pair down to items you will use and can use on a daily basis or, special occasions, or fun nights out. If anything is  broken and something you will use, you can always put into a new container.

Parting with product can be tough, but trust me it will be worth it!

Step 3. The Cleanse!

Now that you have paired down to products that you love and will use take a moment to clean them off. Too often we leave makeup in drawers, bags etc., and they can tend to get grimy from powders etc. Use makeup wipes on the outsides of packaging and around the rims to help clean off excess makeup etc. So it will bring them back to what once was.

Step 3. Put it Together!

My dream makeup station

This is the fun part! Think of it as getting a new purse! We all love taking our stuff out and adding it to a brand new purse. Now that you have everything grouped and have your organizers take time to organize on your desk in an efficient way remembering to keep ‘like’ items together. I like to also keep items based on the order of how i do my makeup and organizing from Left to right. I am the type who likes things easily accessible, within close reach, and visible. Here is a great way of taking advantage of counter top storage as well as drawers and inserts. However you decide to place and organize make sure its functional, practical, and looks good! Having your makeup organized in a beautiful way will encourage more use.

No matter what, have fun and make it a project with a friend or roommate. Get creative and get inspired.

Post pics to our Facebook on how you chose to organize your makeup!

 

 

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Runway Trends



Spring is on the Horizon: Get the Look

Bold, Sassy, Classy, and Fresh, what will your Spring look say about you?

With springtime approaching we are seeing hot new trends in fashion, hair and makeup. Christian Dior featured colorful eyeshadow, Gucci featured bright bold lips, and D & G opted for fresh and natural. Pastels and “Easter” colors are out the door this season; spring is promising to be bright and colorful. Before you run to Sephora to stock up, check out the looks from fashions top designers for inspiration.

Colorful Christian Dior

The runways were ripe with modern interpretations on old favorites. Christian Dior took the pinup look to new heights. It was sexy, fun, bold, and not to be missed. The makeup was clean and bright with fresh skin, and the hair was fun and sophisticated. Models sported cropped bangs and soft waves, while others wore cute sailor hats. The ready to wear collection has color, fun, and intrigue, a must for any fashionistas closet.  

Christian Dior Backstage (Photo courtesy Elle.com)


Christian Dior RTW runway (Photo courtesy Elle.com)


Christian Dior RTW runway (Photo courtesy Elle.com)


Christian Dior RTW runway (Photo courtesy Elle.com)

Sleek and Sexy Gucci

Every girl loves Gucci and they came through once again for Spring. The beautiful fabrics, colors, and textures married well with the bright lips and fresh skin. Gucci artists paired bright red lips with a soft smoky gold and browns and light bronzer while the hair was sleek and polished. The look is sophisticated, sleek, and sexy everything a Gucci girl embodies.


Gucci Backstage (photo courtesy of Elle.com)


Gucci RTW Runway (photo courtesy of Elle.com)

Fresh Faced D&G

D&G spring collection is flirty floral fun. The patterns and fabrics are easy to wear, luxurious, and sexy. The line is feminine, girly, yet sophisticated. D&G complimented the line with fresh faced models bringing out the youth in the collection. The skin was beautiful, natural, and easy for a girl on the go. The makeup featured simple shimmery shadow with neutral semi-matte lips. The foundation was light and featured very little blush. The makeup paired with the sleek hint of body hair. Makes me think of ultra chic bomehemian. The collection was one of my favorites this season because it speaks to the girly girl in us all.


D&G RTW Runway (Photo courtesy of Elle.com)


D&G RTW Runway (Photo courtesy of Elle.com)


D&G RTW Runway (Photo courtesy of Elle.com)

These looks are all versatile, fun, and will take your look to the next level. With the right products and tools you can have a look straight off the runway and ready for spring. Contact us today or post a question to our Facebook page and we will be happy to give you all the tips and tricks to get the look!

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Product Recommendations

Whether you’re new to makeup or a seasoned makeup connoisseur these are products that every woman or makeup artist should have in her bag! We have selected some of the top in their category! Do you have a favorite product recommendation? Share it with is!

Primer

Primer is one of those magical products that can enhance and protect your foundation and look. Primer help for foundation to go on smoothly, reduce shine, and depending upon the product nourish skin. Our top pick for primer is Smashbox Photo Finish. This silky smooth primer helps to create a smooth base for foundation and greatly reduces shine. This product is perfect for a wedding day and for gals with oily skin and it is a definite must have for makeup artists, it is my favorite kit product! Here are our top three!
 
•Smashbox Photo Finish $36
•Makeup Forever HD $32
•mark. Primed for Perfection $10.00

Foundation

Awe foundation, one of my most favorite products. It can turn an uneven skin toned, blotchy face into a beautiful, even-toned masterpiece! I have recently fallen in love with the Anew Age Transforming Makeup from Avon. This foundation is smooth and flawless providing ample coverage, long wear, no rub-off, and best of all it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing pancake batter on your face! Try out these other top foundations!
 
 
•Anew Age Transforming Makeup $16
•Chanel Mat Lumiere $54
•Diorskin Nude $46
•Diorskin Forever $46
•MAKEUP FOREVER HD $40

Conceler

Concealer is one of those magical things that helps to hide the partying you may have done the night before. Have dark circles or a monster zit? These products are sure to help! Our pick is the Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer. This baby is soft smooth and covers nicely! Two of our other favorites come from Dior! the Diorskin Nude concealer hydrates and covers like magic, while the Skinflash Radiance Booster is great for highlighting and reflecting light!
 
•Diorskin Nude $28
•Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster $33
•Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer $25

Pressed/Loose Powder

Oh Chanel Double Perfection Pressed Powder, how I love thee! This powder is unbeatable! Pair this lightweight silky powder makeup with the Anew Age Transforming Foundation and your face will look like a million bucks! Don’t believe me? check out the proof below!
•Chanel Double Perfection Pressed Powder $50
•Diorskin Pressed Powder $46
•Ideal Shade Pressed powder (Avon) $9
•Diorskin Nude loose powder $46
•MAKEUP FOREVER Duo Mat $32
 

Mascara

Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in black is still one of the best mascaras I have ever used. It is a staple product in my kit, and definitely worth the money! This mascara doesn’t flake, clump, and stays on all day; it’s a wedding day must have! These others are also fantastic formulas and for the price they can’t be beat! Im totally hooked on the mark. Scanda-Lash and keep it handy in my makeup bag.

 
 
 
•Diorshow WP Black $24
•Covergirl Lash Blast $8
•mark. Scanda-Lash $6
•Diorshow Extase $28

Eyeliner

Eyeliner is one of those products that has to be right! It can’t run, it needs to be soft so it doesn’t stretch the skin, and needs to have a lot of pigment, my favorite? It’s a tie! The Dior Crayon Eyeliner in waterproof and the mark. No Place to Run Longwear Eyeliner in black are my top two! Both stay on all day, Dior provides you with a Sharpener, but mark. is a super intense black perfect for smudging…my advice get them both!

•Dior Crayon Eyeliner black WP $28
•mark. No Place to Run Longwear Eyeliner Black $8
•Lancome LE STYLO WP Black $24.50
•Dior Crayon Eyeliner brown WP $28

Blush/Bronzer

Ok so everyone knows by now that NARS Orgasm is one of the best blushes ever! But they have other beautiful colors to choose from…so mix it up! My favorite pick for bronzer has got to be the Urban Decay Baked Bronzer, this baby has a golden hue that adds light and shimmer to the face. Get the sun-kissed look in winter pair with the mark. Bronze pro for contour and your skin will glow all season long!

•NARS Blush $26
•mark. Good Glowing Mosaic blush palette in Sandy $7
•Avon True color blush Coral Radiance $8
•mark. Bronze Pro $10
•Diorskin Bronze $43
•Urban Decay Baked Bronzer $24

Lipstick

Lipstick is so much fun and one of the easiest ways to brighten your face and change your look. The Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipsticks are my favorite! They are super soft, intensely rich, stay on long, and are a steal at $6.50! That’s like almost 5 lipsticks for the price of one designer lipstick! For that price you can afford to try all the colors!

•Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick $6.50
•Dior Rouge Lipcolor $30
•Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick $12
•Chanel Rouge Allure $30
 

Lipgloss /Liner

Lip liner and lip gloss are a great and simple way to get pouty sexy lips! Fill in the entire lip with liner to give your gloss something to cling to and you will have long-lasting hold! One of the great things you can do is get a lip liner that is either your lip shade or slightly darker fill in lightly and blend into the lip then go over with a lip gloss and instant glam! Our favorite of course taking number one is the Dior Addict Ultra Glosses. These glosses deliver maximum color, shine, and staying power. A definite kit or makeup bag must have! Lip liners are one of those magical products you can get just about anywhere! One thing you want to look for is something that is smooth and goes on easy! We love the Avon Ultra Luxury Lip Liner, they are silky smooth and come in a great color selection, the Dior Rouge liners also can’t be beat, and the Sephora Collection liners are super smooth and a bargain at $5!

•Dior Addict Ultra Gloss $26.50
•Lancome Juicy Tubes $18
•Avon Glazewear Lip Gloss $6
•NARS Lip Gloss $24
•Chanel Glossimer $27
•Avon Ultra Luxury Lip liner $5
•Dior Rouge Liner $28
•Sephora Collection lip liner $5
 
 
 
*All Pricing information is direct from Sephora.com and Avon.com.
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Look Like Heaven in 2011

Pacific Artistry is thrilled to be a part of the ultimate fashion giveaway “Look Like Heaven in 2011.” We have teamed up with top Seattle Stylist Tannya Bernadette, and other local Seattle vendors to help make a lucky woman look and feel fabulous!!! The prizes are absolutely amazing and include:

  • 3 Hour styling session with Tannya Bernadette
  • Complete Makeup Kit includes: brushes, blush, mascara, lipstick and more and a  full consultation with Shanelle La Crista of Pacific Artistry
  • Cut and color from Duque Salon
  • An outfit from The Finerie
  • A handbag from Clutch
  • A membership to the Olympic Athletic Club

To enter simply go to http://www.tannyabernadette.com/newyear2.html and submit a 100-150 word story telling why you or someone you know deserves the makeover.

The opportunity to change a woman’s life and attitude for the new year is one that Pacific Artistry could not pass up. We look forward to seeing all of the entries and reading the stories. We will update you on prizes as they are added!!!