Entries Tagged as 'beauty product samples provided for my review'

puppy christmas

December 29th, 2011 · 7 Comments

This was my first Christmas without Calvin and Coco since I got them six years ago, and I missed them terribly (although they had fun staying with my in-laws’ dogs while we were gone). 

Since they’d never be patient enough for me to dress them in santa hats in real life, I couldn’t resist tinkering with their photos a little bit.  Just to get into the holiday spirit, of course.

Many thanks to Proactiv for making a donation to my favorite charity for the holidays (watch the video to see what charity I picked)!

Tags: beauty · beauty product samples provided for my review

tutorial: perfect coral lip

September 30th, 2011 · 8 Comments

I bet a few times a week, you guys might just dab on a little lip gloss and call it a day, no? 

Ok, I’ve done it too.  But you know what lasts about ten minutes?  Lip gloss on its own.  To do a serious colored lip, you need way more than that one tiny step.

One of the best pieces of advice that I get over and over again from professional makeup artists, is that there are no shortcuts.  If you want a look that’s as great as the celeb who sits still for an hour or two to get her makeup done, you have to learn (and recreate) all the steps that they use. 

Fortunately, for lips, there are really just three crucial steps: a serious lipcolor, full liner to fill and emphasize your pucker, and then a gorgeous gloss to set everything and give some additional shine.  And then do it all over again for serious staying power.

I’ve been wearing this coral shade from Estée Lauder all the time — usually I’m more of a neutral lip girl, but the color in this shade is so flattering that it’s become one of my absolute favorites.  Paired with a subtle shimmering gloss and smooth liner, and you can’t get a prettier pout.

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a makeup video!  I have so many fun ones coming up — I can’t wait to show you guys!

I used: Estée Lauder Pure Color lipstick in Curvaceous Coral, Estée Lauder lip liner in Rose Coral, Estée Lauder Pure Color lip gloss in Extravagant Pink, tissue.

Tags: beauty · beauty product samples provided for my review

tutorial: three minute golden smokey eye

August 24th, 2011 · 7 Comments

I did a little something different in this video — no sound!  I know some of you guys might be checking Sugarlaws during the workday (I won’t tell), so I figured it would be nice to put up a video that you could understand without listening to me talking.  And as an added bonus, when you cut my jibber-jabber out of the video, I cut the running time down to about 3 minutes!

This has been my go-to summer makeup for the past few months, and I love how this golden eyeshadow gives a ton of depth and definition but isn’t dark or heavy.  Estée Lauder’s Pure Color eyeliner has become a huge go-to for me — I’m usually not great with liquid liner, but this one is so easy to apply that it’s completely changed my life.  Goes on smooth every time, and stays put forever (you need a gentle makeup remover to get it off).  I wear it with just a swipe of mascara all the time, and it’s great with a more layered look like this one.

The lovely folks over at Kim Brushes sent me a few to try, and I’ve been using them all the time, but this is the first makeup video they’ve made it into!  I’m such a sucker for the softest brushes I can find, and these are so incredibly luxurious.  They’re actually made by a company that produces artists’ paintbrushes, and only recently formed their first makeup brush line!

Also — thank you guys SO MUCH for all your input on Monday’s outfit!  I’m definitely going to do some tweaking to that look and try to take away some of the volume — and I’m going to run more outfits by you guys before September! 

Urban Decay primer potion, MAC eyeshadow, Estée Lauder Pure Color Eyeliner in Black Quartz, DIORSHOW mascara, Sephora blending brush, KIM eyeshadow makeup brush.

Tags: beauty · beauty product samples provided for my review

best self tanners

July 7th, 2011 · 15 Comments

So, now that you’ve spent the Fourth of July weekend lathered in sunscreen, are you ready to get a little (fake) glow?

I’ve spent the last few weeks testing a bunch of self-tanners, so that you guys can look as bronzed and tan as you like, without ever setting foot in the sun. 

(On a side note, being a beauty product guinea pig is not such a bad job, although I did have some days of seriously streaky tans to show for it!)

So, without further adieu, my list of the best self tanners for 2011:

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess:
You guys have already heard me rave about this line, but the self-tanner might be my favorite part of it.  I got a beautiful bronze tan without any orange or streaking (you can see it in this post) that looked totally streak-free and completely natural.  Estée Lauder makes separate products for face and body, but the bottle will last a long time, and I think you can definitely get away with buying just one.  The Bronze Goddess line is limited edition, and I’m dreading the day they’re gone!  $26, at department stores or online.

Jergens Natural Glow:
Jergens moisturizers with a hint of self-tanner have become hugely popular, and for good reason.  I knew so many people who swore by this that I had to try it out!  The color developed really subtly, and I didn’t get that greasy self-tanner feel.  This just felt like moisturizer, and left a little glow behind.  For half the price of a movie ticket, this is definitely worth a try!  $7, at drugstores or Amazon.

L’Oreal Sublime Bronze:
I’d been using this off and on the last three years, but this summer, the bottle changed and I think the formula may have too.  This was the strongest self tanner that I applied — I was tan after one application, but it was also a little prone to streaking.  It left behind this really pretty shimmer after applying it, which was probably worth the price in itself!  If you can find them, the towelette version of this L’Oreal self tanner are also amazing.  $8, at drugstores or Amazon.

Clarins has cornered the market on upscale self tanners for as long as I can remember, and no list of great self tanners would be complete without them.  The one I tried gave a radiant, subtle, natural color, and it was the only self-tanner that I actually forgot I’d applied after it dried (no stickiness or greasiness at all).  On the other hand, it takes several applications for this to really make a difference, and it’s the most expensive of the bunch, by quite a bit.  Still, though, a great product!  $42, at department stores or Sephora.

Tags: beauty · beauty product samples provided for my review