Katy Perry Perfume

Now here’s something to look forward to in the fall. Katy Perry will launch her first fragrance November 2010 called Purr. Personally owning at least 50 bottles of perfume, Katy knows a thing or two about what she’s doing. If Purr is anything like Katy’s personality, outfits and songs then this will be a girly fun perfume to look after. She says,

“I’m not embarrassed to say that I went out and bought [Beyoncé Knowles’ first scent] Heat and Kim Kardashian’s scent earlier this year. I’ve worn Clinique Happy, Ralph Lauren’s Romance and Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle. My sense of smell is so important to me. A guy can walk into an elevator wearing Acqua di Gio, and I’m immediately like ‘You’re my first boyfriend.’ I want my fragrance to have that effect on people.”

I say a makeup collection should be next, at least some sort of collaboration with MAC or Sephora. Katy has such a creative mind, and the collection would be the ultimate girly line.

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Wonder Woman Makeup Coming Soon

One of my favorite superheros of all time is coming to us in the form of makeup. MAC Cosmetics is partnering up with DC Comics and creating a collection based on the superhero. The limited edition collection is set to be released Spring 2011 at MAC stores worldwide. And really what better superhero to release an inspired makeup line after? With her signature red lips and the best accessories, Wonder Woman and MAC are a perfect match.

Be A Savvy Shopper

Shopping doesn’t have to empty out your pockets completely. In this economy, being a bit of a savvy shopper will come in handy. We are led to believe that, because a product costs more it will work best. It might take a little extra browsing time but, hey, who doesn’t want to take their time when it comes to shopping?

Putting on a pretty face shouldn’t cost you tons. Take the NARS Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo for example. This is a combination of their most popular blush and bronzer and retails for $39. E.L.F. is like the dollar menu of make-up. All of their products are under five dollars. They have an almost identical product, the Contouring Blush & Bronzer Powder for only three dollars. Talk about a steal!

Hair care is also important. When your hair looks bad it can throw an entire outfit off. While there are so many products promising healthy hair, they can be a bit costly at times. Suave offers a collection of affordable hair products. Their shampoo and conditioner for damaged hair renewal is only two dollars a bottle. Best of all you get the same results from Suave as you would from salon brand products.

Let’s not forget our nails. Nail polish is our way of dressing them up. Essie and O.P.I. colors are vibrant and never lacking in color options. But, really, who wants to spend eight to $10 on nail polish? N.Y.C has a collection of all the hottest colors this season, and they’re only $1.99 each.

Before dropping down a wad of cash on your next product, channel your inner savvy shopper and browse for the affordable version.

Safety Lip Gloss

Never did I imagine a life saving lip gloss would exist. 2LoveMyLips has created a lip gloss that can detect GHB and Ketamine, two popular drugs used for date rape. The lip gloss is a little bit of a drug testing kit in a tube. It brings a card with it that you can break up into smaller pieces to dip in your drink. If it turns blue it means it has detected traces of either GHB or Ketamine. Unfortunately the gloss doesn’t detect other popular date rape drugs like Rohypnol (roofies). Although this isn’t something that will protect women entirely from such a disgusting act, it can give a sense of security and help prevent them from harm.
2LoveMyLips has taken a step towards combining beauty and safety. The glosses come in 5 different colors and are sold in Europe for £9. They can also be ordered from 2LoveMyLips website and retails for about $11.

Open up Those Eyes

We all have those days. The days where you roll out of bed after a restless night, or rush to get ready because you missed your alarm. Sometimes you need a little more than coffee to wake you up. When all else fails try something from our list. Or try them all. They’re simple things you can add to your morning routine that will take no more than one or two minutes top. Dark circles are the toughest part to deal with. Once you cover those bad boys, the rest is simple. Using a thicker cream based concealer works best. Blend it well with you fingertips before applying foundation. N.Y.C cosmetics has called Cover Sticks. It’s in a shape of a lipstick tube and works wonders for only $1.99.

One of the easiest eye openers can be achieved by using an eyelash curler. E.L.F. has them for only $1. See it for yourself. Curl the lashes on one eye and compare it to the eye who’s lashes you didn’t curl. Having curled lashes opens eyes instantly. Another simple trick you can try includes using white eyeliner. Line the bottom part of your lower lids. Finally one of the oldest tricks in the book, use mascara. Pick one that’s meant for lengthening the lashes. Longer lashes means brighter, wide awake eyes.

Makeup for Less

Good products don’t have to cost us an arm and a leg. While the aisles at Sephora and other beauty counters are filled with promising makeup, sometimes a more affordable product will do the trick. E.L.F. is one of the best kept secrets in the beauty industry. E.L.F., which stands for Eye Face Lips, of make-up and bath and body products. All of the make-up and brushes range from $1 to $3. It’s a well worth steal. You get quality cosmetics at an insanely low price.

Here are my top 5 E.L.F. products:

  1. Eyelid Primer, $1-  Primers help keep make up in place and avoid smudging.
  2. Liquid Eye Liner in Pearl, $1- I prefer liquid liner because it doesn’t smudge and stays put exactly where I line it. E.L.F. has a color called Pearl. It’s black with a tiny bit of shimmer in it. It takes the dull black up a notch.
  3. Eyelash Curler, $1- This is a make-up bag must have. And at only a $1 there are no excuses not to own one.
  4. Hypershine Gloss, $1- This lip gloss not only moisturizes, but leaves you lips shinny for hours.
  5. Make-up Removing Cleansing Cloths, $3- Washing your face daily is essential,especially if you’ve been wearing make-up. For those really late nights, wipe your make-up off with one of these wipes. It’ll prevent future breakouts.
Visit, EyeLipsFace and browse through all my favorites. I’m sure you’ll have a list of your own soon. E.L.F. products can also be found at Target stores.

Get the Pinched Look

Stains are no longer considered a pain. Well, not all stains anyways. Lip and cheek stains have become a time saving creation. We’re living in fast paced times, where instant gratification is preferred and there is no time for re-applying make up. If you’re looking to achieve that “just pinched my cheeks look”, TARTE‘s cheek stain will do it for you. It contains no alcohol, paraben, and doesn’t dry your skin out. Benefit‘s BENETINT is another cheek tint, and actually looks like nail polish.

Let’s not forget our lips. Lipstick can be hard to pull off especially when you’re not used to wearing any at all. However, it’s safe to say you can put your lip gloss down and try a lip stain. It’s sort of like the “training bra” for lipstick. CoverGirl’s Outlast Lip Stain comes in a variety of pinks, red, and corals.

Why not save money and try your hands at both at the same time. JOSIE MARAN has a Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain. Honestly, who doesn’t love a two for one deal? When applying the cheek and lip stains make sure to do it gradually and you’ll learn how much or little you like to have on.

Dirty Brushes

How often do you clean your makeup brushes? Do you clean them at all? Did you even know you were supposed to clean them?
Cleaning your make-up brushes in an essential part of keeping your skin clear. Bacteria builds up on the brushes if they aren’t cleaned once in a while. That bacteria ends up on your face every time you apply make-up. Think of the hair on the brushes like the hair on your head. You wouldn’t go your whole life without washing your hair, and neither should your brushes. Determining how often to clean your brushes depends on how frequently you use them. Cleaning them every two weeks will keep them bacteria free.
Choosing what to clean your brushes with is simple, since you can use any brush cleaner. Baby shampoo is also an option. It’s sensitive enough to clean make-up brushes without damaging them. Using warm water rinse excess make-up from the brushes and then lay them flat to dry.
Sephora sells daily brush cleaners for those of you who don’t want to wait every two weeks to clean them. Just spritz the cleaner on the brush and let it dry for 3 to 5 minutes. If you don’t want to use a spritzer try their Make Up Brush Cleansing Wipes. It cleans the residue from the make-up and dries in up to three minutes. 

Choose Your Foundation Wisely

When I was younger I swore I would never need foundation and had no desire for it. It always looked unnatural and caked on. Foundations however, have come a long way and when applied properly will give your face a flawless look Whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin choosing the right foundation for your skin type can sometimes be an overwhelming task. Some of you are looking for sheer coverage, while others want full coverage. Here’s how you can go about choosing the best foundation for your skin:
Oily Skin: Pay attention to the words placed on the label that describes the product. If you have oily skin look for words like, “oil free” and “mattifying”. Foundations that work great for your skin are cream to powders, mineral foundation, and powders. I’m addicted to Bare Mineral’s MATTE  SPF 15 Foundation in Medium Tan. It glides on, provides full coverage without looking heavy, and has an SPF 15.
Combination Skin: For those of you with combination your T-zone is you problem area. Stick foundations are great, because it gives control of where to add more or less coverage. Mineral and powder foundations are a great choice as well as long as they’re not as heavy.
Dry Skin: When it comes to dry skin you can get away with a lot more. Liquid foundations are great for you’re skin, but you can also try a cream or mousse foundation. They’re heavier and provide more moisture.
Many times the most difficult part of this whole process can be finding the color closest to your skin tone. Some say to test it on the back of you’re hand, but your hand and face don’t match perfectly. Instead test a strip of the foundation on your jaw line. Check it out in natural lighting and the one that blends or disappears into your skin is the perfect match for you. Or you can just ask one of the consultants to help you out.