Spring Forward With Fashion Fair’s Spring Collection

Yesterday I had the pleasure of previewing the new Spring Collection for Fashion Fair Cosmetics Eyes Wide Shut. The colors are bold, beautiful and explosive! Ladies get ready to clutch your pearls because the new spring collection is not your mama’s makeup from back in the day.

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The shadows are amazing and they adhere to the skin with no flaking upon application. The lipstick shades are very diverse with three neutral tones and three hues of red that perfect your pretty pout. And the illuminating powders are sexy yet sweet offering a hint of shimmer with a sun kissed look. Oh, and I shall not forget the liquid liner that offers a line so precise it will put your pencil to shame as well as a mascara that gives dramatic, long and voluminous lashes.

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And if that wasn’t enough, there are two limited edition sweet smelling moisturizing body sets; French Riviera Blue, a romantic floral fragrance inspired by the French Riviera and Santorini Getaway, a zesty citrus fragrance inspired by the Greek Island of Santorini. Each set includes: moisturizing body oil that absorbs directly into the skin and moisturizing body crème, which softens instantly and adds a subtle glow. These body products will be sure to make your bath time more glam and luxurious!

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After learning about the new Spring Collection, I was ready to get my beauty play date on! It started with a selfie with the President of Fashion Fair Amy Hilliard.

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After the cute selfie, I was off to the makeup chair to let the talented Tia Dantzler, Creative Director for Fashion Fair and Celebrity Makeup Artist make my face fierce! Tia used Livid and Tahiti eyeshades with Sun illuminating powder.

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While Tia worked her magic, I asked her to give me three tips that every girl needs to incorporate this summer and here is what she said:

  • Mix your moisturizer with your foundation. This will help your foundation last longer and this gives you a smooth flawless look.
  • Every woman should have blotting papers in your purse to avoid looking oily to blot away the shine.
  • Every woman should wear sunscreen with a least a 15 – 20 SPF! This will avoid sunburn and premature aging.

After my fab makeover, I took some candid shots of some of my blogger friends…

Here’s a selfie of me with Ms. Vaughn of Ms. Vaughn TV

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Tia in action with Terez – author of 11 Beautiful Tools and Founder of the Business of Beauty Collective

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This is Toya Nicole – Travel and Lifestyle Blogger of Ms. Travel Chic and my business partner of Boardroom Beauties.

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Here are some of the ladies of Fashion Fair

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Last but certainly not least, here’s the photo that made my day, me with the CEO of Johnson Publishing (the parent company to Fashion Fair) Desiree Rogers.

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This was a day filled with beauty, food and fun, three of the things that I love the most! Thank you Fashion Fair for the beauty play date invite to preview the new Spring Collection – Eyes Wide Shut.

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If you are interested in purchasing the new Spring Collection, save the date because the products will not hit store shelves until May. Here are the exact dates…

Eye shadows and Lipsticks: May 15th

Liquid Liner and Mascara: May 26th

Illuminating Powder: In stores now!

Happy Shopping! MUAH

 

 

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Keep on Blushing

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A few weeks ago I was gifted a few Tarte products from SHEfinds.com to try for my review, the Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara and the Cheek Stain. Today, I am here to share my thoughts on the Cheek Stain as I have reviewed the mascara in the past.

But before I spill the tea, let me give you the 411 about Tarte Cosmetics. They are known as a high performance natural brand. Their products are made without all the fillers that aren’t good for the skin! They are a cruelty free brand and they don’t test on animals.

Now that you are familiar with the brand, let me tell you about the product. The Cheek stain is Tarte’s award winning and best selling blush known as the stain that started it all. The brand claims that the stain offers a stunning, natural finish from a gel or cream consistency.

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The Glam: It goes on smooth and sheer with a hint of color or you can enhance the shade by adding more. Even though it looks a little shiny on the swatch of colors on my arm, it dries with a nice sheen and finish with a just pinched fresh cheek look. The stain has great staying power and lasts throughout the day. I like it because it looks natural and it offers anti-aging and skin restorative benefits (and I always want to look like I’m 21)…LOL.

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The Slam: The packaging is like a push up Popsicle and if you push too much (like me) LOL…you can’t push it back down and the top will not screw all the way on. I suggest you give it a small yet gentle nudge :-). The cost for the blush is $30 and I think that is a little expensive for a brand that is not considered luxury.

Overall, I really like the product; I plan on adding it to my makeup bag and wearing it often. My final grade for the Tarte Cheek Stain is 4 out of 5 smooches…MUAH! If you are interested in purchasing the Tarte Cheek Stain, you can get it from tarte.com or Sephora. It is available in eight shades and cost $30. Happy blushing!

 

This post was originally posted on Rachel O Beauty

 

 

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SHEfinds Sample Saturday – Enter to Win Pür Minerals

Today is Sample Saturday with SHEfinds.com via Beauty School Scarlet!

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The brand for the giveaway is Pür Minerals and here’s a look at the products that you have a chance of winning!

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Pür’s skincare-enhanced cheek colors add the perfect touch of complexion-perfecting long wear color, free of parabens, fillers and chemical dyes. Available in six stunning shades but you get to choose from one of the following:

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Flirt (Cream Blush)
  • Tease
  • Kinky

But wait…there’s more! You also have a chance of winning a deluxe size sample of their bestselling Dirty Girl Mudd Mask. It unclogs pores and gently exfoliates the skin.

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If you want a chance to win Pür Minerals products from this weeks Sample Saturday, click this link >>>> SHEfinds.com Sample Saturday via Beauty School Scarlet! The contest starts today and ends on Friday March 21st. Good Luck…MUAH

 

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Viola Nicholson Presents Merrell Hollis

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Hey Beauty Scholars if you live in Chicago or any of the surrounding areas…save the date and get your tickets now! This will be an awesome Master Class of Beauty with Emmy Nominated and Celebrity Makeup Artist Merrrell Hollis – Artistic Director for Black Opal Cosmetics and Makeup Artist for Wendy Williams!

Make sure that your face is in the place on May 3rd at the Fleetwood Chicago  from 2:00PM – 4:00PM. There will be swag bags for the first 50 people to sign up! Go to violanicholson.com before they sell out!

 

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SHEfinds Sample Saturday – Enter to Win

Today is Sample Saturday with SHEfinds.com via Beauty School Scarlet!

The brand for the giveaway is Tarte Cosmetics and here’s a look at the products that you have a chance of winning!

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Tarte: Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara: A lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning mascara infused with olive esters to condition, treat, and protect lashes. It retails for $19.

The Glam: Long lush lashes with definition! It can easily removed with a makeup wipe and it does not irritate my eyes!

The Slam: Nothing…I love it 🙂

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Cheek Stain: The stain that started it all. Tarte’s award-winning and best-selling cheek stain gives you a gorgeous, natural flush in a gel or cream consistency. Rounded top cheek stains are gel based stains, while flat top cheek stains are the cream based version. It retails for $30.

The Glam: It goes on smooth and sheer with a hint of color or you can enhance the shade by adding more. I like it because it is natural and easy to use.

The Slam: The packaging is like a push up Popsicle and if you push too much (like me) LOL…you can’t push it back down and the top will not screw all the way on. I suggest you give it a little nudge!

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Overall, I love my gifts from sheFinds and Tarte! I will add them to my makeup bag and wear them often. If you want a chance to win 1 out of 100 products from Sample Saturday this week, click the following link >>>> SHEfinds.com Sample Saturday via Beauty School Scarlet! The contest starts today and ends on Friday March 7th. Good Luck…MUAH

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Dark Circles, Puffiness and Tired Eyes Be Gone

Last summer I was on the hunt to try a new brand of cosmetics, so off to Sephora I went. As luck would have it, there were two different brand representatives ready to assist me! My first stop was Laura Mercier for a quick touch up of powder, concealer and blush. The next brand was Marc Jacobs for a foundation match, mascara and lipstick. With so many products and so many choices, I didn’t know which brand to choose. As I walked around the store, I narrowed it down to what I needed the most. The winner was Laura Mercier!

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Laura Mercier is the creator of the brand and a world-renowned makeup artist. She is the personal makeup artist to many celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Julia Roberts. She is best known for accentuating one’s natural beauty to create a flawless look. She started training as a painter at the age of 17. At some point, she decided to switch her talents from the canvas to the face. In 1996 she created her brand for women of all ages and skin types.

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Now that you have a little background information on the brand, let me share the product I am reviewing. Today, I am reviewing the Secret Concealer. Here is the Glam: This concealer is high in pigment and helps to cover my dark circles from long sleepless nights. It does not settle into the fine lines around my eye area and it brightens to help diffuse the dark circles. It is long lasting, a little moisturizing but not oily looking. It is super easy to apply and a little goes a long way! It’s a natural look with a natural glow.

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Here’s the Slam: When I applied it with a concealer brush, it was a little harder to blend and it looked a little cakey. However, I was able get a flawless look by dabbing a little on my finger and blending it that way.

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In the past, my concealer of choice was MAC. Now, I love the Secret Concealer by Laura Mercier. My final grade is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH. If you are interested in purchasing this product, it is offered at Sephora and luxury department stores for $23.00. It is available in 12 shades and it will last even longer with the Translucent Loose Setting Powder. Happy concealing!

 

*This post was originally posted on Rachel O Beauty*

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Glam it or Slam it?

A few weeks ago I opened one of my beauty box subscriptions and I found a little red sample of Stila calling my name! And of course, I had to try it because after all…red is my signature lip color ;-).

But before I give you my review and final grade, I want you to tell me if this color is a Glam it or a Slam it? What are your thoughts??? Do I Glam it up and rock the red or Slam it down and never wear it again? My inquiring mind wants to know!

 

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NAPW Chicago Presents – Beauty, Fashion & Brunch Event

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NAPW Presents:  Beauty, Fashion, Brunch & Headshot Event! Get your girlfriends together for some great girl time! Eat, drink, network, have a photo shoot and have some fun! Chicago, this will be an amazing event that will sell out fast so get your tickets now!

Beauty:  Avis Wright, Mary Kay Cosmetics

Be beauty-ready for your head shots!  Avis will be hosting a professional make-up application demo at Noon.  Learn easy make-up application tips you can use at home to look like the professional, powerful woman that you are!  Mary Kay beauty items and make-up will be available for purchase at a special NAPW discounted rate.

Fashion: Kaitlyn & Lisa, Because I Shop Too Much

Kaitlyn & Lisa will be sharing their styling advice with you along with their most fabulous fashionable items for you to try on for your head shot and purchase if you’d like.  Most items are under $30.

Jewelry: DeAnn Stephens, Silpada Designs

DeAnn will have her beautiful pieces jewelry on display for you to wear for your head shot and if you fall in love with one of her pieces you can purchase it on the spot!

Beauty Blog: Renee Bolton, Beauty School Scarlet

Renee is a beauty maven who blogs.  The Siskel & Ebert of all things beauty!  She will be on hand to provide you with beauty tricks and tips for 2014.  She’s also the Co-Founder of a new group called Boardroom Beauties.

Brunch: Peggy Mikros, Cork Catering

Cork Catering will be providing a wonderful spread of Tea Sandwiches, Gourmet Pinwheels, and other delicious items for attendees to munch on.  And what is brunch without mimosas?!  The NAPW Chicago Chapter will provide an array of beverages.

Amanda Spataro, Specks Photography

Amanda will be on-hand to take your professional headshots for only $20!  Professional headshots can range from $200 to $800 so take advantage of this awesome rate!  You will receive 3 to 4 different poses with your photos on a CD for you to take home.  The photo background will be white so please wear colors or black/gray for your photos.  You will be asked to sign up on a time sheet when you arrive so you know when your photo shoot will take place.

When:   Saturday, February 8th, 11am to 2pm

Location:   Kimball Office Chicago Showroom, 325 N. Wells St, Chicago, Suite 100.  Directly across Wells Street from the Merchandise Mart.

Parking:   Parking garage called Mart Parc at 401 N Wells, 312-347-3515.  5 min walk to Kimball Office from garage.  There may be some metered parking available on Kinzie also.

Tickets:  $35 for a ticket that includes the beauty demo, brunch and your head shots.  $18 for a ticket that includes the beauty demo and brunch only.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  FEEL FREE TO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS!

 Click the following link to register: Beauty, Fashion & Brunch With Headshot Event

 

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A Lipstick with Color and Pigment

This post was originally posted on Rachel O Beauty

I am always in search of a new red lipstick to try and Sephora is usually at the top of my list. A few months ago I decided to try the brand Makeup Forever because they are known for deep pigments of color and long lasting products; two of the qualities I love in my makeup!

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Who is Makeup Forever? It’s a brand created by Dany Sanz a former student of fine arts who became a makeup artist. Later in life she became an instructor in a beauty school by day and created the products at night. Makeup Forever became popular with makeup artist and expanded through the years.

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Here’s the 411…I have been testing the Rouge Artist Intense Color Lipstick in Moulin Rouge for several months. The first time I tried it, I liked it. The second time, not so much because the color started bleeding around my mouth and I looked like a clown… LBVS. I had the biggest red ring around my mouth after 10 minutes of applying the lipstick. I had to try it a few more times to see if it was the product or the way I used the product. Maybe my skin was too oily or maybe I used too much moisturizer around my lips, I didn’t know so I had to try it again.

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Here’s the Glam: The lipstick is highly pigmented and the color is true to the shade shown. It is moisturizing and you can get a lot of color on the lips with just one swipe.

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Here’s the Slam: It does not last that long. After lunch, I had to reapply because most of the product ended up on the glass and not my lips. In fact, most of the lipstick was gone by the end of my meal 🙁 . After several uses, the color did bleed around my mouth but not as much. There is a slight perfume smell to the lipstick, it’s not enough to drive you crazy but it does linger.

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My overall grade for the Rouge Artist Intense Color Lipstick in Moulin Rouge is 2.5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH! While the lipstick is highly pigmented, it does not last very long. My biggest pet peeve in a lipstick is seeing more lipstick on the glass or my teeth than on the lips. Last but not least, I hate when I lipstick bleeds. If you are interested in purchasing this lippie, you can get at Sephora or makeupforver.com for $20. Happy Shopping!

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My Top 10 Stocking Stuffers Must Haves

Christmas is just a few days away and you still have time to purchase a few items for your stocking stuffers! Here are my top 10 suggestions that I have tried, tested and approved!!!

LVX: The No chip, no smudge nail polish wonder of the world! It last up to 8 days; Beauty School Scarlet tested, Beauty School Scarlet approved!IMG_2106Hair 180 Whipped She Butter: Gives lightweight shine and moisture without weighing the hair down!IMG_2110Beauty Blender: A makeup sponge that puts any makeup brush to shame with a flawless finish! It’s not your mama’s makeup sponge…LOLIMG_2115

Big Girl Cosmetics Grapefruit Foaming Wash: Gentle foaming face wash great fro combination skin. Removes excess oil without drying the skin.IMG_2109Josie Marin Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain: Long lasting lip power that you don’t need to reapply!IMG_2116Smashbox CC Cream: A genius lightweight makeup that moisturizes, corrects dark spots, evens out the skin tone with SPF 30!

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Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner: No smear, no smudge, waterproof eyeliner with fun colors for all skin tones!

IMG_4393Soap & Glory Clean on Me Shower Gel: Creamy clarifying shower gel that smells amazeballs!IMG_2108Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara: Long lasting no flaking mascara that makes the lashes look lushes!IMG_2119Peter Thomas Roth: The multifunctional Queen of Exfoliators! Baby smooth skin in just 5 minutes! IMG_1032

 

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