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Liner and Lips With Glitter…Oh My

*This post was originally posted on Rachel O. Beauty*
I could not let another day go by without reviewing the brand Eye Kandy!!! I was gifted this product at The Makeup Show Chicago from the owner of the brand. Eye Kandy is a brand of glitter cosmetics that is safe to wear on the eyes and or lips. They offer a liquid adhesive base called Liquid Sugar, which helps the glitter adhere to your eyes or lips all day without flaking into your eyes or on your face.
As I walked around from booth to booth this brand literally and physically caught my eye because I love most things that glitter and or sparkle and Eye Kandy made my feet pump the brakes…LOL.
So there I was, standing in awe of the how the product can transform your eyes and lips in to something magical and sparkly in just a few seconds. I guess the Makeup Artist saw me drooling so she asked if I would like to give it a try. At first, I gave her a little nervous giggle and said no as I wanted to see how it worked on other people before I allowed her to try it on me. I also needed to ask a few questions before I allowed her to apply it on me like: Will it burn??? Is it drying??? Does it last all day??? Yada, yada, yada… You get the picture…right??? Right!!!
After five minutes of witnessing demos, the Makeup Artist asked again if I wanted to try and this time I said yes. Even though I was still a little nervous, I let her apply the Eye Kandy to my lips and just like that, they were transformed to a gorgeous glam ruby red just like Dorothy’s magical ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz!!! Liner and lips with glitter…OH MY!!! (Tee-hee) As I walked around The Makeup Show with my new glam lippie, I received so many compliments from fellow makeup junkies; some I knew and some were kindred makeup spirits…LOL.

I have been wearing the glitter Cherry Bomb for the past couple of weeks and here is what I like: It does not flake and it is long lasting just like the website says!!! It even stayed on after dinner and I did not have to reapply. It turned up my lip color to another level that I like to call “Diva Glam”!!! It did not burn or irritate my lips and it is multifunctional!!! As you know, it can be worn on eyes and lips but what you did not know, is that it can be used it as a body glitter. Believe it not, it is not that messy; you will not have glitter all over the place because the Liquid Sugar bonds to the glitter very fast. Last but not least, you can wear it on top of any brand of cosmetics and it is easy to remove…FTW!!!

Although I have several reasons on why this product is so glam, there are a few things that I did not care for. The glitter felt a little heavy on my lips so it took a little time for me to get use to it. It takes a couple of minutes for the product to dry and sometimes I just want to keep it moving and not wait (I know, patience is a virtue but when you are in a hurry…(in my Sweet Brown voice, “Ain’t nobody got time for that”). LOL
Now that you know the pros and cons, let me tell you my final grade. I rate Eye Kandy Glitter Sprinkles 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! Even though there were a few cons, they were not deal breakers J. If you are interested in purchasing Eye Kandy, go to eyekandycosmetics.com the cost is $7.50 for 1 or $24.95 for an Eye Kandy bag, which includes a glitter of your choice and a Liquid Sugar. Happy Shimmering!!!





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The Makeup Show Recap…Finally…LOL

A week ago today, I attended The Makeup Show as a Beauty Blogger and it was such an awesome experience!!! There was so much to do and so much to see in the 2-day span of the event. Makeup here, Makeup there…makeup, makeup everywhere; a beauty blogger’s dream come true!!!
The Makeup Show started on Saturday June 8, 2013 but there was a meet and greet party for bloggers and makeup artist at the Good Gyrrl Studio with the amazing James Vincent as the guest speaker. If you have never heard of James Vincent, then you are not a makeup guru or lover of all things beauty…LBVS. James Vincent is only one of the biggest celebrity makeup artists around. He has beat (makeup terminology as in painted the hell out of) some of the most famous faces such as Lady Gaga, Diane Von Furstenberg and Renee Zellweger just to name a few. As if that was not enough, he is also the Director of Artistry for The Makeup Show, The Powder Group and On Makeup Magazine. Oh yeah and he has worked for some of the best cosmetic brands around. So to say that it was an honor to meet him is kind of an understatement…LOL.
I also met radio personality Demi Lobo from WGCI and she is also the owner of a new lipstick line called The Lip Station. It is a pretty cool line with major pigment and fun names. Each lipstick is named after a felony… my fave felony is Scandal if you want to find your fave felony, go to thelipstation.com.
Saturday, I was invited to an event just for Bloggers!!! We had a chance to hear James speak and tell us about some of his favorite products. We also received a swag bag full of products and I can’t wait to try them out with reviews to follow. I kind of felt like a little girl who just received a bunch of Lip Smackers Lip-gloss on Christmas Day!!! I need a DO NOT DISTURB…Beauty Blogger Testing sign because I will be trying a lot of products over the next few weeks or maybe months!!! LOL

 

The actual show started on Sunday and it was a mad house!!! Beauty junkies everywhere trying to get glimpse to see what all the different brands were offering and making purchases left and right. There were seminars with some of the top makeup artist for brands like Stila, Nars and Smashbox just to name a few. My favorite seminar was Industry Insight with the awesome Crystal Wright who gave a look on how you can better yourself and your business within the beauty industry. She offered some great advice like: “When you are afraid to ask for what you want, it says you are not worth it” and “the first step to marketing yourself is to set the standard.” Even though this seminar was geared toward makeup artist, the information was easily something that any entrepreneur could translate into his or her own business. I was so excited and motivated when I walked away. Crystal’s seminar made my vision more clear and attainable!!!
After the seminar, I shopped until I dropped!!! No really…I stopped, chatted and introduced myself to almost every brand I could. I tried and purchased things I thought you would enjoy learning and trying. My first stop was one of my favorite brands, Stila!!! I had to tell me how much I loved their Smudge Stick eyeliners (in case you missed it) check out http://www.rachelobeauty.com/stila-smudge-stick-eyeliner/J. They showed me the new After Glow Lip Color, which glow in the dark!!! OMG!!! Super freaking cute, I love, I want, I must have so I purchased!!! They also showed me the new Countless Color Pigments, which can be used on the eyes or cheeks as 1-2 colors or custom colors you create with the swirl of the brush…sold!!! Yep, I purchased that as well. They Stila team was so amazing, fun and nice, they even gifted me an After Glow Lip Color and Countless Color Pigment…FTW!!!
Next stop was Eye Kandy. As I was browsing, one of the makeup artists asked if I wanted to try it and I said yes. I was a little nervous but excited. Eye Kandy has beautiful pops of color glitters for eyes and lips and they look gorg!!! The owner was nice enough to gift me a color and of course, I chose red…a review soon to come in a few weeks ;-).
I could walk you down each and every aisle as well as all the stops I made but I don’t want to overload you with day 1…LOL.
Day 2 was just as amazing but my main goal was to listen to the social media panel with Afrobella, Awesome Luvvie and Niles from Beautylish moderated by Terez Baskin (author of 11 Beautiful Tools – The Social Media Guide for Beauty Professionals). They each gave great advice on how social media can enhance your business to get you to the next level. They spoke about the over usage of #hashtags and having one name for your brand on all social media outlets vs different variations as it makes it easier for people to find you.
I was so worn out from all the shopping on day 1 that I only did a little on day 2 J I had so much fun and met so many great people as well as spent so much money…LOL. It was an amazing opportunity and I am already looking forward to next year!!! If you are interested in the beauty industry, have a passion for it or work in the industry, The Makeup Show should definitely be a to do on your list!!! If you missed Chicago, don’t worry because Orlando September 28-29 and London March 2014…don’t miss out, I promise you will not be sorry!!! Go to themakeupshow.com for more details!!!

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Secret and Not So Secret Beauty Tips

Hey Beauty Scholars!!! It’s Friday night and it is about to storm in the Chicago area so, I thought I would giveaway some of my best secret and not so secret beauty tips for your weekend enjoyment 🙂 Some tips I have heard from friends, some from beauty mags or beauty segments; none the less…they are great tips and I hope they help you as much as they have helped me…enjoy!!!

I was watching Dr. Oz one day and he had a beauty secret that I could not pass on and I have only shared this publicly once so you are in for a treat!!! If your feet get sweaty or stinky, use deodorant on the bottom to keep them dry!!! Yep, that’s right, deodorant is not just for keeping your underarms dry and smelling fresh, it is also for feet too!!! LBVS…don’t judge me but it works.

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Even though I have beautiful brown skin…I sometimes want that sun kissed look!!! So, instead of laying out in the sun, I use a liquid bronzer on my body to give my skin that beautiful bronzed glow!!! Mmm, hmm it is one of my best-kept secrets for fake hosiery on my legs…LOL

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Did you know that if your skin is oily that you could blot it with a toilet seat cover??? I know, I know…it sounds crazy but the paper is made out of the same material as blotting papers. Who knew??? If you are a little leery using those, try a paper napkin, it is not the same but it helps the shine and keeps you from looking like an oil slick…LOL. But remember to blot not rub or the paper will be all over your face and then you will look a little crazy…IJS.

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You want whiter teeth quick fast and in a hurry??? No problem, apply your best red lipstick and wallah…just like magic; you have the appearance of whiter and brighter teeth!!! Easy, breezy, amazing, I know!!! Giggles

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Do you have shampoo/conditioner or shower gel that you purchased and did not return??? Use them as shaving cream or use the shower gel or shampoo as hand soap. No need of wasting it or throwing it out. It does the same thing, the same thing, the same thing…LOL.

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Speaking of shaving your legs, to get a closer shave, use a body scrub before you shave to remove the dead skin cells. This will give you super soft skin and if you use self tanner, it will prevent you from having that streaky look. You know that uneven look you hate; well, it’s all gone if you scrub before you tan!!! I know, thank me later 🙂

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Last but not least, stop using a towel to dry your hair. Why??? Well, the little loops in the towel catch onto the hair and pulls it. Towels absorb a lot of moisture and you need a little moisture if you are going to blow dry the hair. Plus, when you rub the towel in your hair it causes the hair to get frizzy and tangled…boo!!! So what should you use, you ask??? A cotton t-shirt will save the day and your hair!!!  And who doesn’t want great hair???

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So there you have it…my secret and not so secret Friday night beauty tips!!! MUAH

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