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Make Up For Ever Waterproof Line

Summer is almost upon us, which means outdoor activities, fun in the sun and smudged makeup due to perspiration. To combat that type of disasters, Make Up For Ever has a line of waterproof cosmetics.


The product I tried was Aqua Eyes:

This best-selling eyeliner has become a favorite among all women who fear the dreaded raccoon eyes. Formulated to glide on effortlessly and withstand the most extreme conditions, it stays put on eyelids without melting for precise application and intense color throughout the day.



The first time I used it was in the afternoon, sunny and 80 degrees outside. I applied nice thick lines on my upper and lower lids, sprayed on sunscreen, put on a breezy cowboy-type hat and out I went to do minor errands. I walked around my neighborhood for 45 minutes or so, by the time I got back home I was sweating, not dainty lady-like perspiration, I was sweating! Checked my eyes and was pleasantly surprised that my eyeliner was not all over the place. I love it!

Since then I’ve used it at night smudging it a little to create a smoky eyes look and have even used it as inner-lid eyeliner. It’s very easy to take off at the end of the day and it didn’t feel heavy on my eyelids. Aqua Eyes comes in 25 different colors and from my personal experience I can totally recommend it.

Aqua Cream

Aqua Cream is a colorful addition to our award-winning Aqua range. These versatile, long-lasting, waterproof colors can be worn on the eyes, lips, and cheeks. They’re completely smudge-proof, tear-proof, and waterproof, and they won’t crease, run, or transfer. Aqua Cream gives intense payoff with a highly pigmented formula that ensures the colorful, pearly hues show up on skin while the soft, silky texture glides on effortlessly.



Face & Body Liquid Makeup

Designed for the water ballet, this foundation works great on the legs and arms to give a nice tan effect.



Full Cover Concealer

Designed to cover major imperfections like scars, hyper-pigmentation, major discoloration, burns, and tattoos. This light and creamy concealer contains a high concentration of pigments that stay put, making it perfect for use on the face, as well as the body.




Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil

Glides on with vitamin E and jojoba wax that makes the application easier and more comfortable on the lips.




Aqua Creamliner

Easy to apply, Aqua Cream Liner gives an intense, precise finish. The unique formula provides intense color and long-lasting water resistance thanks to silicone powder and emollients. Though designed to be budge-proof, this moisturizing liner protects skin and employs Derma Sensitive to prevent irritation.



Weekend Getaway Beauty & Personal Care Essentials

If you’re like me, you always forget one or two essential beauty or personal care items whenever you go out of town. It’s something I’ve gotten used to; and so has my husband, who frequently has to drive me to a drug store to pick up whatever I’ve forgotten. As I’m getting geared up for a few weekend trips in April I’ve decided to share my must have items for weekend getaways.

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1. Supergoop! SPF 30+ Everyday Lotion ($22) is moisturizing, paraben-free, and water and sweat resistant. The 3oz tube is enough to last you over a month, and will keep your skin soft, moisturized, hydrated, and protected from harmful UV rays.

2. No matter where you’re travelling, powder is essential. I always pack my Powder FX Mineral Powder Foundation by Cover FX ($35).  It’s enriched with oil absorbing qualities which does the trick in all sorts of climates.

3. Cargo Bronzer ($29) comes in a variety of natural looking colors with slight iridescence. While travelling I use this bronzer for my cheeks and eyes, and avoid packing eye shadows altogether.

4. Cenoire Eluo Sonic Toothbrush ($29) is a great travel electric toothbrush at an affordable price. I take this toothbrush with me everywhere in case I’m in need of a quick clean.

5. Maybelline New York Full ‘N Soft Waterproof Mascara ($6) is a perfect lash enhancing essential. Whether you’re in humid weather, out in the cold, or playing in water all day, your mascara should stay put!

6. Dry shampoo is a part of my regular routine. I use it every other day (yes, I naturally have really greasy hair). I love to take Clean Dry Shampoo ($18) with me on vacations because I never know how many days will pass without hair washing. The best thing about Clean brand is it’s perfectly sized for airplanes at 2.9 oz.

7. For a quick, yet thorough face cleanse I go for Ole Henriksen Truth To Go Cleansing Wipes (pack of 30 wipes for $15).  Cleansing wipes are the easiest way to remove dirt, grime and makeup on the go.

8. Don’t forget your tweezers, you never know when an unwanted hair will appear. I bring my Tweezerman Slant Tweezer ($22) on every trip. I don’t actually use the tweezers that often while on vacation, but the few times I have needed to tweeze, I was relieved my tweezer was packed.

9. Coach Poppy & Poppy Flower Rollerball Duo ($22) is perfect for travelling, especially if you like to alternate scents based on your mood. The duo roller offer two fun fragrances at an affordable price point.

10. Sally Hansen Color Quick Nail Pen ($8). Sally Hansen color pens come in a handful of basic colors, work well, and are affordable. When applied, the color dries quickly and there’s no mess! What more could you ask for. If you’re looking to splurge on a high-end nail pen, opt for Yves Saint Laurent’s Nail Lacquer Pen Brush ($26).

Urban Decay Naked2

A big hit for Urban Decay has been its collection of neutral eyeshadows called Naked Palette.


This palette can be called anything except boring, with 12 gorgeous neutrals that work on any skin color. The palette includes glittery, shimmery and matte textures.

Now the most anticipated sequel will soon be available, named Naked2.


This collection features 12 new neutral colors that range from pale and deep, to matte and sparkly.

Naked2 is currently available only online through and is expected to be available in stores by the end of January. They expect the palette to be in very high demand, so either order it online or call your local Sephora consultant to verify dates.


Bite Beauty

While I’m pretty low maintenance with regards to make-up–I wear a little concealer, more mascara, lip balm, and plenty of sunscreen–lately I’ve been hunting for some bright, fun lipsticks.  I’m very passionate about natural ingredients, which is why I stay away from most brands and which is why I’ve certainly struggled to find a brand with fun colors and natural ingredients.  Recently, however, at Sephora, I discovered, Bite, and I’m quite taken with the brand.  Aside from having all natural ingredients like organic shea butter, superfoods, and food-grade colors, their lip products contain resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant.  Resveratrol is supposed to act as an anti-aging agent, and each lip product contains enough of the agent to equal five glasses of red wine.  Bite products are formulated without the following: parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, and Triclosan.  Sounds wonderful, right?  In addition to the safe ingredients, the brand offers a solid array of beautiful colors and lip products, including lip treatments, lipstick, lip gloss, lip rouge, sheer balm, and lip pencils.  Being the lipstick amateur that I am, I purchased a few different products and colors to try, and so far, I have been so happy with the results.  The lipsticks and lip pencils are smooth, feel great on lips, and provide vivid color.  While I have not tried each product, I highly recommend Luminous Creme Lipstick and High Pigment Matte Pencil.  And did I mention how affordable they are?


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Bite Lipstick

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Hint of Tint Review

When it comes time to go out to the world, I like to show a nice face and concealing my pores in one of the steps I take that make a huge difference on my look. Now I have a new favorite: it’s Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More a pore refiner.


I’ve tried a sample of the product and I tried to make it last as long as I could and now I’m definitely going to buy the product. What I liked about the Pore No More is that it’s like putting make-up on. This is how I’ve been using it:

First, I use Cargo One Base Concealer + Foundation in One. Which does a great job with my dark circles and sunspots.


Second, I use Pores No More Hint of Tint in the areas where my pores need it the most.


Third, I use Nars Powder Foundation SPF 12 to give my face a matte look


And after the base is done, then I do the eyes, lips, etc and give myself one spritz of Murad Hydrating Toner, which hidrates the face after all that makeup while at the same time helps to set it and now you’re good to go.


I’ll be honest: I took a before and after pic so you could all see the huge difference, but then I didn’t have the guts to post the pics. My nose looks huge because of the camera angle and all my imperfections would be too visible….but trust me I look like I have almost flawless skin!!

Eyeshadow Primer Review

When I was in my early twenties, I remember my teen sister coming into my room at night asking me to decide which eyeshadow looked better, the one the left had “this”, the one of the right had “that”. Back then I didn’t even pluck my eyebrows, let alone notice a slight difference on eyeshadows, but I would pick one just to humor her. Not sure if she ever noticed I had no idea….well, now she knows!

To this day I’m hopeless when it comes to eyeshadows, so when it came time to review eyeshadow primers, my sister was the perfect person to do it. She tried three different brands: Sephora, Urban Decay and Benefit. She used the same brand of eyeshadow and the same brushes each time, and was able to use each primer three times. So here are the results:

Sephora – Eye Primer Pot


Sephora Brand Eye Primer Pot provides the perfect eyeshadow base. Smooth on this must-have formula for a flawless, crease-less look that will last all day.

The consistency is creamy and easy to apply, though you need to wait for it to dry before applying the eyeshadow. It’s transparent and doesn’t interfere with the eyeshadow color, but compared to the other primers the colors won’t pop. The eyeshadow itself will last longer with the primer, but overall it was the one my sister liked the least.


Urban Decay –  Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube – Eden

Packaged in a new squeeze tube with a precise needle nose, this triple-duty product also works as a highlighter or eye shadow. Perfect for more mature customers or those who want to avoid shimmer, this versatile shade instantly brightens the eyes and provides the ultimate prep for creaseless, more vibrant shadow and all-day wear.


It glides on easily over the eyelid, you will need less amount of product to get the shade you want. The eyeshadow colors are more vivid, but in a matte tone; you can leave it as is, or add a bit of shimmer to brighten the eye. Even though she liked this primer, she didn’t see a difference in wear, the eyeshadow faded off as it would normally do without a primer.


Benefit – Stay Don’t Stray

Tell your eye makeup to stay, don’t stray! This dual-action primer works 360 degrees around the eyes to make concealers and eyeshadows REALLY stay put. Concealers never crease and eyeshadows stay vibrant and true…you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!


Now this one was my sister’s favorite, the eyeshadows remained intact over twelve hours. The colors look vivid, but you might need to use additional shimmer. With this primer you need to know what you’re doing when applying the eyeshadow since it’s not easy to correct mistakes; you would need to take it all off and start again if you mess up. But overall she was very happy with this primer and I have a feeling she’ll be asking for it as compensation for doing the testing for me.


Thanks Sis!

3 Makeup Trends for Summer 2011

We need not forget that looking fabulous is about much more than wearing the latest trends in fashion, there are also strong trends each year in makeup. I’ve scoured the web for some of the best makeup looks to bring our Style Bust readers the Top 3 Makeup Trends for Summer 2011. By following these three makeup trends you’ll present yourself as the trendy, fashionable lady you are!


#1: Strong Eyebrows

Strong eyebrows have been a big look for the runway this year. When your eyebrows are shaped and groomed correctly, they can give your face a whole new look – not to mention draw attention to your eyes. If you have been a little over zealous with the tweezers, try an eyebrow shadow to fill in the gaps or try using eyebrow stencils as an easy way of shaping your brows.

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#2: Dewy Skin

Summer is the prefect time to pull off the dewy skin look. Choose makeups that create a glow or shimmer when applied to your skin. Pick a foundation that offers good coverage and with a non-matte finish. If you have far skin you should try silvery tones. For olive skin choose peach or gold tones.

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#3: Bright Lips

During the day many women choose a natural look for their lips. You shouldn’t be afraid to add lip color for some added impact. Popular shades include red, pink, fuchsia and orange this season. Use a liquid lipstick sealer to help keep your color all day long.

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If you’re in the market for learning to do makeup like the pros, sign up for make up courses. Find more beauty trends on Style Bust, and read Ellie Mendez’s posts to get an expert opinion on beauty products.

Heavy Duty Concealers

One cosmetic I can’t do without is a heavy-duty concealer. You see, once upon a time I got a very bad sunburn in my face and the aftermath resulted in a huge sunspot right below my right eye on the cheekbone area. To add insult to injury the dark circles under my eyes tend to join with the sunspot giving me an appearance I just don’t like.

And here comes the concealer to the rescue. Before I started experimenting with concealers I used to cover my sunspot on pictures with a dab of Photoshop. Lately I haven’t had to resort to that trick, even though I know my sunspot is down there somewhere, then again I have been trying on better concealers.

To show my commitment to get the best concealers, I went into Sephora without a trace of makeup so the clerks could see what they were dealing with and offer their expert advice. And if it wasn’t for them, I would never have checked some of these brands. The following are some of the brands I liked and the one that’s won my loyalty.



Smart Shade Anti-Aging Concealer

The great thing about this concealer is that it’s muti-purpose. Light weight, matches your skin tone, fights the signs of aging and it has SPF 20. This product is great for minor corrections, works well with any foundation. For major cover-up you would need to pile it on, which defeats the purpose of trying to look flawless.


Perfecting Concealer

Now talk about heavy duty! This concealer is capable of covering a dark mole, it leaves a semi-matte finish and it did a great job covering my imperfections. The only thing about this concealer was that I found it to be too thick. Other than that I loved it.



Make Up For Ever

HD Concealer
This product was created for those of us who try to get in front of the camera as much as possible in order to keep adding more pics to our Facebook profiles. They can explain it better than me:

The MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Complexion products use innovative formulas to create a new generation of make up which is both invisible on HD cameras and to the naked eye. The HD Concealer covers imperfections and creates a “soft focus” effect around the eye area for a natural, radiant look.


The HD Concealer can be applied with a built-in silicone brush. On this product I will need to do more testing and comparisons since I didn’t notice a big difference between this and the next concealer I’m about to talk about.


OneBase Concealer + Foundation In One
The reason this concealer won me over is the fact that its light-weight, covers my imperfections and can also be used as foundation. For those times I run out to the store for a quick errand and don’t want to put on full make-up I just use OneBase with its handy applicator and I’m off the door knowing my dark circles and sunspot are safely hidden.



Regardless of which concealer you use, remember to pat it on. Don’t rub it in, especially in your delicate eye area. Of course, the best way is to apply it is by using a concealer brush. One thing I’ve noticed is that with the brush I need to use less product than when I use my fingers.

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