Happy Easter from The Beauty Edge!
Here’s my last minute DIY Easter Mani! I used Essie Love Every Minute as a base coat and layered one coat of Dior Princess over it. For my accent nail, I chose Dior Lime and Nicole by OPI Inner Sparkle for some added glitz.
In an effort to protect the Easter Bunny ;), I thought it would be cute to share a list of companies that do not test on animals. The full list can be found on Peta.org.
- Bare Escentuals
- Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare
- Everyday Minerals
- Physicians Formula
- Tarte Cosmetics
- Urban Decay
- Smashbox Cosmetics
For a limited time, Macy’s and Clinique are offering a free gift with a minimum purchase of $27. The free gift is valued at $70. Gift includes two spring forward makeup bags, a large one and smaller one to take on the go. Choose from the following items to customize your gift:
- Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
- Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
- Repairwear Laser Focus
- All About Shadow Quad in Greens or Berries
- Dual-Ended Lash Doubling Mascara in Black and Different Lipstick in Tenderheart or Glazed Berry
Hurry! Offer valid while supplies last!
*Photo courtesy of Macys
Spa Week is coming back once again, so get ready to pamper yourself with these sweet deals! Spas and salons nationwide are offering full-service treatments for a fraction of the normal price. Book your appointment between April 21st – April 27th and only pay $50! Choose from a wide selection of massages, facials, and even wellness treatments.
*Photo courtesy of spaweek.com
The Essie Wedding collection for 2014 is so delicate and dainty! I was totally excited when these came in, since I’m planning my own wedding (only 415 days to go woo!), I wanted to swatch these cuties asap!
Essie love every minute is a pretty satin rose coral. It’s my favorite color in the collection. It looks like a pastel salmon and it’s a perfect shade for spring.
Essie meet the parents is a cool calm blue, a little too calm for the name I think. There’s nothing calm about meeting the parents for the first time! It is however, the perfect something blue for your big day.
Essie got engaged is a warm nude pink with a “barely there” sparkle effect. I think I found the perfect nude nail polish, it works so well with my complexion because it has the perfect balance of nude and pink.
Essie she said yes is a sheer white color with a subtle silver shimmer. It’s an interesting shade, it’s not very bright, it’s toned down enough so that’s it’s not clashing with the other pastels in the collection. The formula is creamy, but with the consistency of glue. I had to apply three coats, and I must say that it was hard to work with.
Essie Wedding Collection 2014 offers a good range of colors to choose from, whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid or simply a wedding guest, this collection will get you wedding ready in no time. These colors are also great for spring. Available April 2014.
*Photos courtesy of essie.
Ladies, you know we are always running late in the morning! Whether it’s getting ready for work or school, who has time to get completely dolled up – everyday? I’ll admit I do wake up early enough to get things done. But some days you just need to snooze it 3 or 4 times before you get the motivation to crawl out of bed.
This is when my quick makeup look comes in to save the day! It’s already planned out and fool-proof. Learning how to maximize your beauty routine time will help you look your best when you’re short on time.
Prioritize. Know what’s important. For me it’s camouflaging my bags and sculpting my cheekbones. For others it may be accentuating eyes or covering up blemishes. Once you’ve narrowed it down, pick products that will help you get the look you want.
Keep it simple and know your level of comfort. If you know that you’re a bit shaky when it comes to eyeliner, then don’t do it. Instead of eyeliner, dab on a few coats of mascara.
Get the job done. I have everything I need ready to go on my bathroom counter. This includes products and brushes.
My quick list includes:
- Eye shadow
- Blender brush
- Face brush
- Bronzer brush
- Eye shadow brush
Know what products to use. My quick look is very natural. Look for eye shadow shades that compliment your skin tone. My go-to lid color is Dior 3 Couleurs Glow Nude Glow. It gives me the perfect hint of color without overwhelming my look. I also like to keep my Urban Decay Naked Basics within hands reach, the nude tones are great for a natural look. The bronzer I use is also very subtle and blends in seamlessly I like to use Bobbi Brown in golden light or Laura Geller baked impressions bronzer in medium.
Remember, mastering your quick look takes practice and patience. It won’t be perfect at first and it may take longer to finish at first, but you’ll get there. You’ll notice that you will tweak your look here and there. There was a time where I couldn’t leave the house without eyeliner on, now I only wear it two or three times during my work week. It’s all about bringing out your natural beauty.
Enter daily for your chance to win an item from Sammydress worth $25! Simply enter using the Rafflecopter form below.
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Official Rules: This giveaway will end Sunday March 16th 2014 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to anyone worldwide whom is at least 13 years old. All entries will be verified. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. The winner will be announced on Monday March 17th 2014 on this post and will be immediately contacted via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.
For a limited time, get a free gift from Lancôme at Macy’s with any Lancôme purchase of $35. This free gift is valued at $86-$112 a includes a lively Paris themed cosmetic bag and a custom 6 piece gift set.
- Définicils High Definition Mascara
- Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate
- Savon Fraîchelle Invigorating Body Cleansing Gel
- Choice of Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer: Absolue Night Premium ßx Replenishing And Rejuvenating Night Cream, Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Night Lifting And Firming Night Cream OR Bienfait Multi-Vital Night High Potency Night Moisturizing Cream
- Choice of Cleanser: Crème Radiance Cream-To-Foam Cleanser OR Crème Mousse Confort Creamy Foaming Cleanser
- Makeup Favorite: Color Design Lipcolor (2 shade choices) OR Blush Subtil Powder Blush (2 shade choices)
(Photo courtesy of Macy’s)
The latest OPI collection comes straight from the tropical shorelines of Brazil! It’s a mix of bright fun colors and sexy deep shades. Inspired by the natural beauty of the country’s culture and its famous cities; this collection will have you sizzling this spring or at least for now, longing for hot summer nights!
Brazil Collection Beach Sandies by OPI – a collection of matte and sparkly liquid sand lacquers. From left to right: You’re So Flippy Floppy, What’s a Little Rain Forest?, I’m Brazil Nuts Over You, Samba-dy Loves Purple.
Brazil Collection Copaca Babies – Gloss and metallic, from left to right: Next Stop… The Bikini Zone, Kiss Me I’m Brazilian, AmazON… AmazOFF, Where did Suzi’s Man-go?
OPI You’re So Flippy Floppy – Bright textured yellow liquid sand
OPI Next Stop… Bikini Zone – Metallic Amethyst Pewter
*Photo courtesy of OPI
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so I’ve searched high and low for the best beauty gifts! Here are my top picks! I’ll take one of each please!
As always, Victoria’s Secret is your best bet when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts. This gift box includes; Bombshell 3.4 oz. fragrance, mini fragrance, body lotion, body mist, and body wash all wrapped up in this gorgeous box. This year Victoria’s Secret has over 40 plus beauty gifts to choose from starting at only $15.
This set is sure to make her heart sing! This V-Day git set features Philosophy’s Sweet Citrus Vanilla Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, Body Lotion and High-Gloss, High-Flavor Lip Shine. But how cute is this box though?
Achieve the perfect Valentine’s Day look with this Kit from Too Faced. Set includes - Deluxe-size Better Than Sex Mascara, Lip Injection Color Bomb! Never Enough Nude, and Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow.
This adorable Tory Burch lipstick case is from her new Printed Heart collection. It’s the perfect gift paired with a Tory Burch lipstick or with Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Valentine.
Prada + Candy + Heart Shaped Box = V-Day Gift Gold! This gift set includes a 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum and 2.5 oz Body Lotion. She’s sure to love it!
Prepare for a romantic night with this pamper-perfect gift set from Perlier. Set includes Wild Flower Foaming Cream Bath, Wild Flower Scented Body Water Spray, and pink shower pouf.
Inspired by the Hippy Love generation, this lil’ bag from Juicy Couture is ready to get filled with beauty love. Pair it with a Juicy Couture mini fragrance set, or toss in some V-Day beauty treats she’ll love. Try YSL Love And Lacquer Reds Set or BareMinerals Beauty in Bloom Set.
*Photos courtesy of VS Beauty, Prada, Juicy Couture, Perlier, Philosophy, Tory Burch, and Too Faced.
Macy’s is inviting customers to wear red to help bring awareness to the #1 killer of women – heart disease. Customers wearing red (red lipstick counts too!) from February 5 through February 10 or who purchase a $2 Red Dress pin will receive 15 to 20% off select merchandise.
Macy’s is also introducing three exclusive red dresses by Calvin Klein, Kensie and XOXO with 10% of the purchase price benefiting Go Red For Women. Macy’s, together with its customers and associates, have raised $46 million for research and education efforts credited by the American Heart Association with helping save 627,000 women’s lives since 2004.
On February 7th and 8th, Macy’s is also hosting The Go Red Total Makeover event. See if there is an event near you!
As I mentioned before, heart disease is the #1 killer or women, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Most of us don’t know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, they differ from the symptoms of a male heart attack. Please watch this video; Just a Little Heart Attack staring Elizabeth Banks to learn more about women’s heart disease.
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- Happy Easter!
- Spring 2014 Clinique Bonus Time at Macy’s
- Spa Week Spring 2014
- Essie Wedding Collection 2014
- How to Master Your Quick Makeup Look