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Free Neutrogena Samples (Canada)

Neutrogena Canada is giving away 100,000 personalized gifts of trial sized products and coupons to celebrate 60 years in Canada.  It looks like they have lots of samples, and then give out coupons for the ones which have run out.

You get to choose five.  This is a goodie!!  Details are here: http://promotion.neutrogena.ca/

This one is for residents of Canada only.  But you can always just go shop and buy it if  you can’t get it free. Here is my favorite sunscreen for my face:

 


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May 16, 2012   Comments Off

How to Fix Broken Makeup

We’ve all seen the very frustrating problem of broken makeup, such as eyeshadow, pressed powder, or blush.  Good news. Don’t throw it away — it can be fixed! Here’s how:

Empty the broken makeup into the corner of a plastic zip bag. Make sure to get all of it out. Then crush it into a fine powder and snip the corner of the bag to pour it back into the pan. You can skip the baggie step if you can crush it all to a powder while still in the makeup container.

Next, take an eyedropper (or a syringe or a small spray bottle) of rubbing alcohol. Add a drop at a time to the broken makeup powder and stir it with a toothpick until it becomes a thick paste. Then tap the container onto the table to level it out. You can also press the paste to get a nice shape again using a coin (or other flat object) wrapped in a paper towel or cloth . The alcohol will evaporate and leave your makeup solid again.

Make the makeup and beauty products you already have last longer. A penny saved is a penny earned.  It’s practically like getting free stuff.


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April 13, 2012   Comments Off

Eyes Made Easy – eyeshadow for your eye color

Finding the right make-up combination for your eyes isn’t always the easiest of tasks. Thanks to companies like Almay, choosing the right eye shades and combos is much easier. They offer eye shadows, liners and mascaras created specifically for the different basic eye colors to enhance the eyes and make them really POP! Whether your eyes are brown, green, blue, or hazel, there is a line of products just for you.

Almay intense i-color

Almay Intense iColor

Most eye colors have a couple of choices of color combination. One is usually more for daytime and one is a little bolder for the evenings. You can also mix and match the options of shadows, liners, and mascaras to achieve your own unique look. The eye shadow choices come in sets of three colors that are aligned in the case in the same order that they should be applied to the eye. So the bottom shadow goes on the lid, the middle shadow on the crease, and the top shadow is applied just under the brow.

Once all three colors are applied, blend, blend, blend. You can even use the bottom color to enhance the eye liner under your eyes. No matter what your eye color, check out this product from Almay that makes eyes easy. Almay Intense i-Color Smoky-i Powder Shadow Kit


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November 9, 2011   2 Comments

Smelling Good

Creating your own scent can be fun.  Whether you are trying to create a perfume, spritz, or lotion, spend some time exploring the different smells available to you and create something that is uniquely yours.  Everyone has their own preferences.  Smells bring back memories and emotions depending on how you associate them to things in your past.  Start somewhere with a scent that you like or that appeals to you.

If you’re not sure where to start, try sniffing essential oils at your local whole foods store.  If you find a place with a ‘scent bar’ take some note cards and spend some time mixing and matching the different smells that appeal to you.  When exploring scents, there are several categories to know:

Florals are usually the smell of a romantic.  These nodes can range from the delicate scent of violets and roses to the more exotic moonflowers to the more potent musk and sandalwood.

Fougere means ‘fern-like’ and is a popular category for men’s scents.  These smells are usually grassy and crisp, like pine.

Fruity smells create a warmer feeling when they pass the nose.  Citrus is among the lightest of the fruit smells while papaya and passion fruit tend to be stronger.

Orientals are better for evenings and cooler weather.  Scents like amber, clove and cinnamon fall into this category.

Oceanic is light and clean.  These smells include sea breezes and fresh air.

Woodsy (or chypre) is the perfect scent for the outdoorsy.  Patchouli and oakmoss are this category’s most popular.

Once you’ve decided on something you like, adding those oils to an all-natural lotion will create the perfect after-shower moisturizer just for you.


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October 19, 2011   Comments Off

Beauty Tips for Body Shape/Clothing

With the changing seasons comes the time to change up your wardrobe.  Updating the clothes in your closet can sometimes feel a bit daunting, so try to find versatile individual pieces that work with your style & body type.  This season, go for a look that is feminine yet powerful.  As you are trying on new looks, remember to dress for your body style:

Pear-shaped – Add width to your top to balance your bottom by choosing wide scoop necklines, large lapels, exaggerated shoulders, and fitted torsos.  Streamlined pants can help lengthen your legs but avoid low-rise pants, pocket, pleats, or other details in the hip area.

Triangle-shaped – Show off your fit limbs and trim tummy by picking tops and jackets that are tailored through the middle with moderate V-neck lines.  Flowing skirts just below your knees will show off just enough leg.  Avoid tops with high scoop necks or ruffles, pockets, beading, or buttons on the chest area.

Apple-shaped – Choose tops with deep V-necklines to accentuate your collarbones and cleavage.  Empire waists will help you create one where it may not already exist.  Soft gathers, especially diagonal ones, are flattering, but stay away from fitted, button-front tops.

Rectangle-shaped – Show off your long legs, arms and torso by choosing daring shapes, skirts with paper-bag waists, peplum jackets & wide-leg trousers.  Use some super-feminine touches like lace, satin, & chiffon to give the illusion of curves. Steer clear of loose, boxy shapes and clothes that are ill-fitted.

No matter what style you choose, be sure that you are comfortable with your choices.  Just because a look is in, doesn’t mean that you will like it or feel good in it.  One of the most attractive things about anyone is someone who is confident and feels good with what they are wearing.


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June 8, 2011   Comments Off

The Beautiful You Makeup Tips

At different times in life, many of us look to project a new image of ourselves and reevaluate who we want to be.  Often this involves presenting a new style or look.  When you find yourself at this point, start exploring some of the different aspects of yourself.  Reinvention is the result of loving yourself and striving to be the best you can be.

Start by learning to be comfortable in your own skin and loving you.  As you are redefining yourself and your new look, have some fun by introducing one new beauty product to your kit or routine on a regular basis, either once a week or once a month.  Be adventurous and try products and makeup colors that you normally would veer away from.

You can also see quick results by revitalizing your beauty regimen with new products containing essential vitamins and minerals.  No matter what approach you take to rediscovering the beauty inside of you, be sure that you are living life to the fullest and finding your true happiness.  Nothing is more beautiful than a happy woman.


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May 25, 2011   Comments Off

Beauty Makeup Tips for Inexpensive Eyes

We’ve all seen the luxurious set of eye shadow brushes that claim to be perfect for creating those sexy, young-looking eyes.  The truth is you don’t need to invest in expensive eye shadow brushes to create those smoldering looks.  A set of “quality” brushes from the make-up counter can run upwards of $40.00, but a set of craft brushes is much less expensive.

Take a trip to your favorite craft store or the craft section of Wal-Mart and find inexpensive brushes that mimic exactly what expensive ones do.  You also have the options to pick and choose the brushes that actually fit your needs instead of what comes standard.  There are 3 brush styles that every make-up kit should include: a fine tip brush for dusting eye shadow over your eyeliner, a standard size applicator brush for color application (make-up artists prefer to have a couple of these – one for lighter colors and one for darker colors), and of course, a blending brush.

So the next time you’re tempted to buy those high-end brushes, think about stopping by the craft store instead and using the money you save for a few extra colors to liven up your look.


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March 16, 2011   Comments Off

Skin Serum product – it works! And makes my makeup better too

Since this is a website about obtaining free makeup samples and free makeup tips, I don’t normally promote products that are expensive unless I really feel strongly about them.  This skin care product is one of those times!

Recently I have been using  SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator at the recommendation of my sister.  And if you can’t trust a sister, then who do you trust!!  It was expensive (it retails around $70 for a small bottle).  I found it at the link above for much less than that.

Anyway, this product is in a small bottle, but you don’t need very much since it is a serum. In fact, some users complain that it makes their skin feel sticky. I think that is because they are using too much of it. The instructions say you only need 4-6 drops for your entire face. If you stick to that, then it really does seem to do a good “retexturing” job.  My skin feels smoother than it has in a long time, and it gets rid of the dryness too.   My regular makeup goes on much smoother too and lasts longer.

I think I am going to get more than my money’s worth from this skin care product. Here’s the link if you want to take a look! SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator


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January 19, 2011   Comments Off

Makeup Primer

One step that most of us usually skip or don’t know about is applying makeup primer. It may sound like something you do when you paint your house, but isn’t that what you’re doing, painting your face? In one small step, you can make your makeup appear smoother and make it last longer. Plus, the glow it gives can be amazing!

You can find a primer anywhere, from drugstores to Sephora. Tarina Tarantino makes an excellent slightly shimmery kind that is worth the money you will pay for it. If you don’t want to shell out $30 on it, any makeup aisle in a store should stock a cheaper brand that will also work well.

When you apply, it will make you skin feel silky smooth, which is always a plus! You can even apply it to your eyelids, which makes the eyeshadow stay uncreased. It will adhere your makeup to your face in a way, creating a long-lasting look. There’s just absolutely nothing bad about it!

In a world where we paint our faces daily, we should definitely get the same smooth treatment that anything else would.


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October 20, 2010   1 Comment

My Favorite Foundation

I am not a liquid foundation girl. Although I tend to have slightly splotchy skin due to all my freckles and sun damage, I still steer clear of overall foundation, especially the liquid kind. I just prefer a more natural fresh look as well as feeling. It’s just a personal preference. I am able to even out my skin tones by other means.

So, after I apply concealer to spots that need to be hidden, and sunscreen over everything, I finish the look with a powdered foundation. I use Revlon ColorStay Mineral Foundation in the color “fair”. It has an SPF 10. For some people, this product could feel very drying. I think that since I use it over my regular sunscreen that isn’t a problem for me. It fills in my pores and makes everything smooth and even. It also lasts a long time and stays in place. It’s so much easier to get a smooth even look with a powdered foundation as opposed to a liquid one. I use a big fluffy brush to apply it.

Remember, liquid foundation is not a preference for everyone, and this is a great option if you’re looking for an alternative.

March 17, 2010   Comments Off

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