Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Alurent 90 Second Beauty

it is no surprise that i am a skincare junkie. i don't have bad skin but i don't have good skin which means i am constantly looking for a skincare fix. i find a product that works great but inevitably my job as a beauty bloggers a never-ending search for the perfect product, and that my friends is no easy task.

beauty blogging affords me the opportunity to try many different skincare products. you don't even want to know what ends up on the cutting room floor. i try to share only my favorite and absolute best products with you because, let's be honest, it's the reason why you visit! (besides my sparkling personality, of course.) so sharing today's product with you has got me pretty pumped.

i was sent the new Alurent Anti-Aging + Instant Erasure Serum which visibly tightens and firms sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles. any product that claims to make visible changes seems unbelieveable and i'll admit i didn't believe it until i saw it.

i brought the Alurent Anti-Aging + Instant Erasure Serum over to my girlfriend's house because i needed to see the proof with my own eyes as well as have an unbiased second opinion. after taking a 'before' photo we immediately put the product to use by applying it to her makeup free face. we waited 90 seconds and took a second photo. the results were astonishing.

i assure you that absolutely NO airbrushing, touch-ups or alterations were made to these photos.

the product is a clear formula that applies smooth. there is little, to no scent and it leaves your skin feeling tightened almost immediately. the product is miracle working and allows your makeup to apply so smooth. i ended up leaving the product in the hands of my grateful girlfriend and am looking forward to witness its miraculous results on the daily.

even better news is that the Alurent Anti-Aging + Instant Erasure Serum is offered with a special online shopping discount. for a limited time you can receive the new serume at a discounted price of $50 and free shipping (it's normally $79.95) by entering SHOP50 at checkout. visit the website to purchase.



For a limited time, use the special shopping code SHOP50 to discount your purchase of new Alurent Anti-Aging + Instant Erasure Serum to $50 plus free shipping at This is more than a $30 savings!

I received product to review through partnership with Alurent. All the opinions included in my review are my own.

Monday, July 21, 2014

False Eyelash Application

adding false lashes instantly glams up any look. however, application can feel clumsy or uncomfortable if you haven't used/worn eyelashes before. if this is your first time wearing lashes, or if you are looking for a subtle glam, wearing individual lashes is your answer. individual lashes are very comfortable to wear and simple to apply.

for my lash application i like to use Ardell DuraLash. they are individual eyelash segments that can be added to create as dramatic effect as you would like. on the downside, they can only be worn once and last no longer than 24 hrs, the upside is that they are virtually weight free and do not cause irritation to your eyes.

here is a before shot of my eyes sans lash:

to apply lashes, dab a small amount of glue to the back of your hand. this makes applying glue to the lash tip simple and it also allows the glue to become a bit tacky before applying. tacky glue = easier application.

next, choose your lashes wisely. i have Ardell DuraLash in medium and short lengths to create a more natural blend of lashes.

take your individual section of lash and dip the tip of the lashes into your glue. using this dab of glue on your hand ensures the perfect amount of glue is adhered to the lash every time.

gently lay the lash segment on top of your own lashes. be sure to give slight pressure to the glue by pressing into your eyelash base. use longest lashes on the outside of your eyes, taper inwards using smaller lashes towards the middle.

the finished product. these lashes can be as subtle as you like but create such a perfect enhancement to your natural lash by adding just the right amount of smokiness and length. 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Travel

thanks to reader Ashley who requested to know what i consider my makeup bag essentials. here is a list of products that i love, and use, EVERYDAY.
  1. Shu Uemura Color Atelier - investing in a high quality makeup quad is worth every penny. i use my Color Altelier for shadow and blush, which means i get great color pay off.
  2. smashbox Contour Palette - contouring is a must for my daily makeup routine.
  3. MAC Cream Colour - highlighting is just as important and MAC's Cream Colour Base is perfect.
  4. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler - gives those lashes an extra oomph, and works like a charm.
  5. L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara - it's inexpensive, works great, and washes easily. a trifecta.
  6. E.L.F. Lipgloss - only a $1 for this gloss, but you go through it quickly. however, it is glossy and lasts long.
  7. Marc Jacobs DAISY - i LOVE this scent. the travel size allows me to bring it along anywhere.
  8. Brushes - these are my SEPHORA Limited Edition brushes. my key brushes include a good fluffy face brush, a fluffy eyeshadow brush, a stiff eyeshadow brush, and an angled brush. you can do anything with these four.
  9. MAC Liquid Line - a small black line makes all the difference. this product is easy to apply, doesn't smear, and the little tub lasts forever.
  10. MUFE Foundation - there are a lot of foundations i like, but this foundation i LOVE.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Giveaway/Tutorial/Makeup Wars

this week's Makeup Wars is sharing our favorite Urban Decay products and shadows. not only are we sharing our favorite Urban Decay Shadows but we are also giving them away! you can enter for a chance to win an Urban Decay eyeshadow palette filled with all of our beauty blogger favorite colors.

let me give you a moment while that amazing-ness settles. an entire eyeshadow palette of goodness. definitely worth taking a moment to enter. make sure to follow through to the end of this post for your chance to enter (Rafflecopter below) and links to all of the other beauty blogger favorite AUrban Decay eyeshadow posts.

on to the tutorial. the pictures below don't do this look justice due to the foiling effect of the shadow. i can't capture the shine and shimmer highlight that make this look the ultimate easy eye makeup:

plus, for those of you advancing in years and are worried about using shimmery colors (they tend to accentuate wrinkles) this look actually works since you are only adding shimmer to the very center of your lid, rather than all over.

on to the tutorial!

  1. apply nude brown shadow from lashline to crease. in this instance, i am using Urban Decay's YDK shadow.

  2. using the foiling technique (for further instruction click here), i foiled my Queen Phyllis to the center of my eyelid only

  3. using the same brush used for foiling, gently sweep back and forth just above the lash line.

  4. enjoy!

  5. xo,

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    Friday, July 4, 2014

    Eyeshadow Love Notes


    eyeshadow by blushingbasics featuring a matte eyeshadow

    part deux in my series of makeup love notes. from my favorite to my least favorite products.
    • Dior Shadow, i heart your pressed diamond shape but your price is a serious splurge.
    • Rimmel, your low prices keep me and the Tman happy. thank you.
    • Bare Escentuals, the unsung hero of shadows. haven't met a shadow i didn't like.
    • Forever21 makeup, let's break up.
    • Kevyn Aucoin, your makeup legacy lives on. you really know makeup. 

    Lipgloss Love Notes


    lipgloss by blushingbasics featuring lip makeup

    this is a new series of posts to share my favorite, and not so favorite products. a sort of love-note to my makeup. (weird, i know) if you have any particular requests, please let me know. 
    • Smashbox, i love you but i don't love your longwear lipgloss. the steep price tag is not worthy of the 6 hour claim. 
    • Nars, while your smoosh-centric names are actually a turn-off, your color choices are spot on.
    • MAC, you get it.
    • Yves Saint Laurent, you know how to make a girl feel glamourous. 
    • Revlon, good color, long lasting and affordable. don't ever change.

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

    Lipstick Love Notes

    lipstick love notes

    lipstick love notes by blushingbasics featuring a nude lipstick

    if you missed the first few love notes of this series you can find them here: foundation, lipgloss, eyeshadow. is it weird that i write love notes to my makeup? sure. but how else can i really explain my feelings for these products?  besides, it takes me back to seventh grade where you are passing notes with the boy sitting next you asking 'Do you like me? Check Yes or No'. 

    • E.L.F. Lipstick - your prices are ridiculously reasonable but sometimes being easy does make you sleazy. i wish you would stick around a little longer but you don't. seriously, this stuff doesn't stick.
    • MAC - it's a little embarrassing just how much i love all MAC products. you could call me the MAC makeup stalker. i am constantly browsing their counters, checking their status updates and snatching up every last piece of MAC that i can. creepy but true.
    • Tom Ford - you are THE designer of all designers (hello, GUCCI and Yves St. Laurent) and your makeup deserves the hefty price tag. doesn't mean i'll buy you but i'll always loving stare at you with starry eyes.
    • Christian Dior - my first Dior lipstick purchase happened when i was 19. i died for their lipstick tubes. 
    • Revlon Lip Butters - you are the ultimate people person of lipstick. you work the room and you work on everyone.
    yes, it is also alarmingly apparent i have an addiction to pink. is there a twelve step program for that?