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Valentine's Day Beauty from Glo Skin Beauty

Valentine’s Day Beauty: Turn Heads with these Glo Skin Beauty Looks

One of our favorite things about attending NYFW the Shows is seeing the backstage makeup looks that will be walking down the runway. Our favorite way of seeing those looks is the lead makeup artist’s proposed look on paper. Since Valentine’s Day falls the day after the last day of NYFW, we thought we’d share some stunning Glo Skin Beauty looks. You won’t believe the amazing things you can do with this mineral makeup brand.

Valentine's Day Beauty from Glo Skin Beauty

The great thing about these makeup looks is how easy they are to achieve. So whether you’re getting ready for date night, girls’ night Galentine’s Day celebration or a staying in for relaxing night of self-care, these products will help you get the look you want.

DATE NIGHT

Valentine's Day Beauty from Glo SKin Beauty

Eyes

Start with Glo Skin Beauty Eye Shadow in Twig in the crease and as a transition shade; follow with Dolce eye shadow on the lower lid and blend into Twig. Use the same shade mix for the lower lash line. Follow with Eclipse eye shadow along the upper lash line and on to lid creating a winged shape and along lower lash line deeper towards outer ⅓ of eyes blended on top of Dolce and Twig.

Cheek

Glo Skin Beauty Contour Kit and a little Cream Blush in Fig on apples of cheeks.

Lips

Line your lips with Glo Skin Beauty Precision Lip Pencil in Acorn and follow with Cream Glaze Crayon in Chiffon to top and fill in lips.

GIRLS’ NIGHT

Valentine's Day Beauty from Glo Skin Beauty

Eyes

Glo Skin Beauty Cream Stay Shadow Stick in Canyon on inner and outer areas of eyes blend into the crease, then buff Canyon into the lower lash line.  Add Glo Skin Beauty Blush in Papaya right on top of Canyon (upper and lower) and Blush in Passion along inner and outer ⅓ of upper lash line fuzed into Papaya, then add Passion lightly lining the outer edge of the lower lash line.

Cheek

Glo Skin Beauty Shimmer Brick in Glean and Blush in Flower Child

Lips

Glo Skin Beauty Precision Lip Pencil in Coral Crush and Lipstick in Parasol

NIGHT IN

Valentine's Day Beauty from Glo Skin Beauty

Face

Glo Skin Beauty Restorative Mask – this restorative mask is deeply nourishing and is the ultimate remedy for dry, dehydrated skin.

What are your thoughts on these stunning makeup looks for the most romantic day of the year? Will you be rocking one of these amazing looks on Galentine’s or Valentine’s Day?

Kroma Beauty: Natural Botanicals, All Organic

I recently received a Kroma Makeup Sample kit to indulge in. Kroma Makeup is a mineral based makeup line, which uses only natural and raw materials from the Earth. Overall, I was quite pleased with the quality of the samples, Kroma Makeup, you’ve got yourself a new fan. The kit I received was in the shade “medium: ethnic”, and included two blushes, a powder foundation, a cream concealer, and a mascara. Details and makeup swatches for individual products are highlighted below:

The first product I opened was a Botanical Concealer, in “Taboo”. At first glance, the concealer seemed a bit light for my medium/dark skin-tone. A concealer should typically be two shades lighter than your skin tone so it can erase blemishes and act as a “white out” for your face in pictures. When I swatched the product, I was pleased to see it did appear lighter when blended than it looked in the pot. The consistency is creamy and thick, making it great for the ladies who desire a fuller coverage in their concealer.

Next was the Pressed Powder in shade “#14”. I swatched the pressed powder side by side with the concealer to show you guys the contrast of the two face products (see below). The biggest problem I usually experience with powdered products is the “white cast” they tend to leave in photos, and the streaky application. Fortunately, Kroma’s Pressed Powder did not have a streaky application at all. The pigment was consistent and smooth throughout the application process. It appeared to provide a buildable coverage, so you can choose how light or heavy you want it to look.

Before moving on to the other products, I want you guys to know that Kroma Makeup offers specialized shades for each customer, for each of their facial products. This means that every concealer and foundation, liquid or powder, is available to be custom blended, since each of us has a unique skin tone. The next was the Teen Lip Gloss in the shade “Cotton Candy”. I typically like pigmented, bold lip colors, and this was more of a sheer, clear gloss. The formula is hydrating, and great for those who want a subtle lip color on bare lips, or to gloss up a matte lip color.

I also received a Mascara in Blue. The formula consistency of this mascara is nice and thick, which makes the lashes appear super full and dark. I haven’t done colored mascara since high school, so I was a little apprehensive about using this, as I felt like it might make me look a little childish since I’m in my twenties, but was very happy with the results. This color is great for brown eyes.

Last, but not least, were the two Mineral Blushes in the shades “Ideal”, and “Peachy”. Ideal is a peachy/rosy color with a matte finish, it is extremely pigmented, and beautiful! Love that it came in a refillable tin compact. I believe this color complimented my skin tone wonderfully, and it is my favorite product out of the entire kit, and definitely one I would purchase again. Peachy on the other hand, was significantly less pigmented than Ideal. It appears to be a light peach color in the tin, however when blended, it’s much less pigmented on my skin tone. As a darker skinned girl, this color is too pale for me and would look great on lighter skin tones.

Overall, the Kroma makeup products I received are a good investment. What I liked most about the products is the range of products available for every skin tone. Their custom blend service is well worth the higher price, we’d definitely recommend it. Have you guys tried any Kroma beauty products?

Written by Contributing Writer, Mariam Sardar
Edited by Glasgow Skinner

Youngblood’s Spring 2012 Eye-Illuminating Duo

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics has finally launched their much anticipated Eye-lluminating Duo, a dual-ended multi-purpose pencil designed to brighten, reflect light and accentuate. The oversized pencil features two neutral tones (Matte, a pink-nude and Shimmer, an iridescent champagne-beige) that can be used to create many effects, including to help transform tired-looking features.

• To use as an eyeshadow base, apply to bare lids and blend with the Concealer Brush.
• To enhance eyes, draw in the inner corners and blend. To give eyebrows a little “lift,” apply beneath the brow bones.

The creamy formula includes:
• Mango Seed Oil — an emollient skin conditioner with antioxidant properties.
• Macadamia Nut Oil — an exceptionally hydrating plant extract.
• Microcrystalline Wax — an emulsifier that provides a solid-smooth texture for tug-free application.

“Eye-lluminating Duo helps highlight and brighten,” says Pauline Youngblood, founder and president of Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. “The creamy-smooth formula blends easily into your natural skin tone.”

Eye-lluminating Duo became available on March 1st and retails for $22.00 at the following locations – ybskin.com, NewBeauty at Fred Segal in Santa Monica, CA, Henri Bendel and The Plaza Beauty in New York, select spas and salons and by calling (800) 216-6133.

Pur Minerals Fall 2010 Collection & New iPhone App

Pur Minerals, the mineral-enriched, nature-inspired makeup showcased their Fall 2010 Color Collection on a very steamy day. Pur Minerals introduced two color stories, Heavenly Delights, a 4-piece Collection which featured soft ethereal formulas that “will illuminate any look and features a kaleidoscope of veiled mosses and sheer neutrals for a look of heavenly grace and femininity”. The collection includes Perfectly Natural/Pink Marble Powder Split Pan, Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio in Halo, Pout Plumping Lip Gloss in Enchanted and Mini Powder Brush.

The Heavenly Delights Collection retails for $30 but can be purchased separately. The second collection is Earthly Treasures, also a 4-piece collection which difference is not only the products but the product packaging as well. Unlike the Heavenly Delights, the Limited Edition Earthly Treasures has bold bronze packaging. The collection includes Mineral Glow, Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio in Canyon Glow, Pout Plumping Lip Gloss in Oasis and Mini Eye Shadow Brush

I must say I love the bronze packaging – it makes the Pur Minerals products look so luxe, the color of the packaging is so vibrant, so rich, it can’t help but catch your eye. Hopefully Pur will introduce more products in this bold packaging. Like Heavenly Delights, the Earthly Treasures set also retails for $30 and can also be purchased separately.

The new Limited Edition packaging wasn’t the only thing Pur Minerals introduced a the Fall 2010 Collection event. We were shown how to give ourselves a virtual makeover with Pur Minerals iPur Beauty, an iPhone App for a customized Pur Minerals makeover.

Lastly, on this hot humid day was a makeup refresher by Jackie GomezPur Mineral

With four easy steps, you can try on any Pur Minerals product and see how it will look on you without leaving the comfort of your home, bed or couch. Simply 1. Take/upload a photo of yourself or you can use a provided model that is closest to your complexion, 2. Click on a product, select a shade and watch as it automatically applies to your face (you have the option to adjust the color strength, undo or start again), or simply email a friend for her opinion on your new look 3. Once your iPur makeover is complete, why not share it. You may have found your newest Facebook photo and 4. If you love your new look, simply purchase right then and there as the iPur App offers a direct link to Ulta.com.

In additional to previewing the Fall Collection, we got to enjoy a makeup refresher or rather a whole new fresh face (thanks to the heat and humidity melting all our makeup off), courtesy of Pur Minerals’s resident makeup artist, Jackie Gomez.

She is an amazing artist, just look at some of her Pur Minerals looks below (click on photo for larger view) using Heavenly Delights and Earthly Treasures

Pur Minerals can be purchased at Ulta, Dillards, select Regis Salons or www.purminerals.com

Bare Escentuals Friends and Family Discount

For all you Bare Escentuals lovers out there, have I got some fantastic news for you.

Bare Escentuals wants to Share the Love with 20% off all Bare Escentuals purchases in-store (print the coupon featured in the link below and bring it with you) and online starting tonight at midnight lasting through Sunday, June 20th.

Also, all online orders over $50 will include free shipping. Plus when you shop this event, you will receive $10 OFF a future purchase of $60 from July 1st – July 4th.

Please print the coupon here: http://cdn.shoutlet.com/server/widget/8018 or use the promo code SHARE for online purchases.