Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sephora VIB Rouge Event - Beauty Buys

Hello Beautiful!

Today I had the pleasure of shopping a private event at Sephora (Chevy Chase, MD location). The customer service was excellent! I found almost every thing I intended to shop for and more. They had beauty make-overs, refreshments, limited edition products, a free makeup bag and samples...the 15% off the entire purchase didn't hurt either. LOL! The 15% off sale for you and a friend starts today and ends April 11th, in store and online, so be sure to take advantage. Here are some of the goodies I picked up:

DIVERGENT Cosmetics, Multi-Piece Limited Edition (LE) Palette ($32.50-Sold Out) - This "...all-in-one face palette inspired by the worldwide bestseller, Divergent, now a major motion picture." Love the colors in this palette. It sold out in minutes this
Divergent Collection @ Sephora
morning in the store. I had to order it online ASAP. This kit contains: High-Pigment Eye Shadow in Candor Lace, Luminous Taupe, Envious Chocolate; Long Wear Blush; Matte Bronzer; and High-Shine Lip Gloss in Artistic Mauve.

There is also another LE Divergent Multi-Piece Collectors Kit "inspired by the traits of each Divergent faction" with High-Pigment Eye Shadows in 12 shades, two Long-Wear Blushes, Shimmering Bronzer, and a Radiant Glow Illuminator. Four High Shine Lip Glosses are also included to complete this kit of really cool colors for a variety of looks.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Spring 2014 Makeup Trends

March is here and although we’re expecting snow (again) here in the mid-Atlantic Penny is determined to get in the mood for spring. How could you not be ready for all the beautiful colors in cosmetics and fashion in the forecast for the spring 2014?

Orchid is the color that you all may have seen in many of the ads and advertised as the SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year.  But not everyone is comfortable with the purple hues in it. Berry is a beautiful alternative that is also ‘in’ for lips, eyes and cheeks. Penny is thinking of maybe trying an orchid eye shadow, blended with darker colors of plums and purples, if I can’t pull off the lip color.

Speaking of eye shadow trends… Penny is not really feeling the spring runway looks for eye shadows as much...bright blue, a pop of light green, iridescent white, gilded gold and metallics are all “in” for lids. [Oh...and winged eyeliner is still in this season so have fun!].

Bright Orange was also seen on the runways for NY Fashion Week. Orange has made a big splash on lips for this coming season. Here is a quick guide I found on how to find the right orange lipstick for your skin tone. (see
  • Warm skin tones: If you have more yellow/golden tones to your skin, look for yellow based oranges. If the lipstick contains shimmer, look for those with gold, bronze or copper flecks.
  • Cool skin tones: Does your skin have more of a pink or red tone to it? Lean towards red or coral based oranges for a more natural look. If there is shimmer in the lipstick, look for those with silver, opal or white shimmer.
  • Light complexion: Keep your eyes out for true oranges or tones that are a bit lighter or more pastel.
  • Medium complexion: Watch for shades that are slightly darker than your natural lip color. Want to go bold? Try a vibrant, bright orange!
  • Deep complexion: Go for a browner or more brick base to your orange for your perfect hue.
TIP: Unsure about orange lipstick?  Try an orange lip gloss or lip stain. The sheer color will blend in with your natural lip color and give a softer, more subtle orange look. This tip will actually work for all the lip colors recommended this spring.

Nude Pink is also in for the spring. This beautiful color works on lips, cheeks and eyes. The color blush is hot this season in fashion so I wasn’t surprise to see nude pink in the mix.

Penny is excited to try some of these new trends. Since I tend to get more color to my skin in the warmer months I might have to get more than one shade to make these trends work for me (any excuse to shop) LOL! Winter forecast or not, I have my eyes on these beautiful products to get my spring started off right: 
  • SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick in Radiant Orchid
  • Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in A-Go-Go
  • Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Jilted
  • EM Scribble Liquid Liner in Tattoo Black
  • Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Ginger Pop
What are you looking forward to wearing this spring?

Be blessed. Be beautiful.