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What makes a great eyeliner? For me, in addition to good color payoff and ease of application, the truest test of any eyeliner is its ability to stand up to watering eyes during the bane of my beauty existence — allergy season. Every year my allergies get a little worse making it virtually impossible for me to wear eye makeup. So far this year, the IT Cosmetics Liner Love is my favorite liner because it lives up to my definition of great liner.

IT Cosmetics Liner Love - Black

IT Cosmetics Liner Love Waterproof Anti Aging Creme Gel Liner is an innovative formula that wears  for up to 12 hours.  It contains hydrolyzed silk, shea butter, green tea extract and jojoba that nourish skin while providing a smooth, even application.  This amazing gel liner is available in 6 shades that can all be found here. The liner is very pigmented and can be applied in fine lines (as seen in my picture below) to fuller, more dramatic lines with any firm angled brush or IT Cosmetics Tightliner 10-in-1 Dual Ended Brush.

IT Cosmetics Liner Love
IT Cosmetics Liner Love in Black and Graphite on eyes and Espresso on brows.
(Please forgive the front camera picture)

In addition to giving me a great line for my lash line and beyond,  the espresso shade is perfect for my brows.  The fact that it is waterproof makes it a great filler for my sparse brows. Liner Love also stand up well to heat, humidity and oily skin and has been my go-to brow filler since the first day I used it. If you are a brunette wearing a dark brow I highly recommend that you try Liner Love on your brows.

If you are looking for great liner that will stand up to watery allergy eyes, humidity and water, look no further…IT Cosmetics Liner Love is a great place to start.  IT Cosmetics Liner Love Waterproof Anti Aging Creme Gel Liner retails for $24 and is available at Ulta, IT Cosmetics.com and QVC.

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What self respecting Beauty Girl does not like beauty booty? I, for one, live for it. While supplies last, customers who visit www.beauty.com/yigal and spend $100 or more will receive the Yigal Azrouël “Y bag” and 12 deluxe beauty samples ($130 value), including:

1. Bliss® Triple Oxygen™ Instant Energizing Mask
2. Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss SPF 15
3. FULL SIZE Essie® Nail Polish in assorted shades
4. IT Cosmetics™ Brow Power™ Universal Eyebrow Pencil
5. Korres Guava Body Butter
6. Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer
7. H20+™ lip mender hydrating complex
8. Juice Beauty™ Cleansing Milk
9. GoSmile® Touch Up® Smile Perfecting Ampoule
10. Talika Instant Manicure
11. FULL SIZE Boscia® Green Tea Blotting Linens
12. Jonathan Product® Redo Freshen-Up Mist for Hair & Skin

I love to use beauty booty opportunities like this to get my beauty house in order for Spring/ Summer. At the start of each season I always survey my current makeup collection against emerging trends and make a few strategic purchases to fill in the blanks. Genius, right? 😉

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When it comes to brow enhancing products, your options now greatly extend beyond the choice of pencil or powder. There’s a wide array of product offerings from which to choose….from powder wax duos, to felt tip markers and everything in between. Learn about the latest in brow enhancement innovations as ThisThatBeauty helps you navigate the best of brow enhancing products currently available!

Laura Geller Brow Marker is a long lasting brow color product that is ideal for women who desire a durable formula that will cling to both skin and hair. For women with sparse brows or completely hairless sections, this product is helpful. The thin, precise soft-tipped brow marker dries instantly and wears all day without fading.

Smashbox Brow Tech Trio is an innovative 3-in-1 product that creates beautifully groomed, natural looking brows. The convenient everything-you-need palette includes a lighter shade of powder to fill in brows, a darker shade of powder to define brows, and a grooming wax to set your brows and keep them in place all day. Smashbox Brow Tech Trio is available in blonde, taupe/soft brown, auburn, brunette, and dark brown.

A universal brow product IS possible! It Cosmetics proves this with BROW POWER, a universal brow pencil with active brow enhancing technology that claims to aid the regrowth of brows. The shade of the pencil adjusts based on the amount of pressure that is applied. As a makeup artist, this product is a god-send when working on set on multiple clients. There’s no need to switch between brow pencils for light and dark haired clients, I simply adjust the amount of pressure when applying. Genius!

One of my favorite skincare brands, Chella, recently launched a new brow product that I think you will love! The Brow Color Kit contains the essential tools needed to give your brows shape, depth, and highlight sparkle. Available in four shades (beautiful blonde, awesome auburn, luscious light brown, dazzling dark brown), the brow kit includes a sleek European designed brow pencil, glistening lace highlighter, defining gel, and sharpener for the brow pencil and highlighter. This kit is perfect for individuals who prefer pencil products. If you have sparse areas that require a fill-in here and there (like me!), The Brow Color Kit is perfect!

Smart on-the-go products make this busy Beauty Girl extremely happy! Smashbox Brow Tech To Go is a dual ended brow tool that provides both a pencil and setting gel in one streamlined tool! How bright are the folks over at Smashbox?! Both portable and travel friendly, this gem of a brow tool offers precise application and perfect grooming. Sometimes I skip the pencil end and go straight for the grooming gel. It’s amazing what a little grooming gel can do to frame the face!

Christi Harris Lift-N-Lite is like an eye lift in a tube! If you have weak, sagging brows or heavy upper lids (like me!) this product can help you achieve a more lifted and youthful appearance. Watch this video demo…I can show you better than I can tell you:)

I hope that you find brow success with some of the products mentioned above. If you are ready to venture into the world of brow regrowth treatments, check back in a few weeks for ThisThatBeauty Contributor Christene Carr (@ChristeneCarr) as she shares her thoughts on a brow regrowth product that she’s currently testing. Full review in 4-6 weeks!


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Fridays with Felicia: An intimate look behind the curtain as I share my favorite style/ beauty discoveries and ThisThatBeauty shenanigans from previous week.

The highlight of my fashion and beauty filled week was the opportunity to attend the sneak peek event for the Target Harlem Grand Opening. The star studded press event occurred on July 20 and on July 25, Tarjay Harlem will officially open its doors. Yay Team Harlem! So spread the word New York – For style, design, and great value: take the 6 train to 116th street.

Naturally I represented and wore a strong red lip (Lipstick Queen Red Sinner) for the grand opening. I mean c’mon, it’s Target…their logo is red!

Since I haven’t done a good old fashioned Face of the Day post in forever, let me go on and break this down for you :)

Selita Ebanks walked the red carpet at the Target store opening. She added a bit of glamour to her nude Sir Alistair Rai dress with a gold braided necklace from the Melania™ Timepieces & Jewelry collection.The piece is available at QVC.com and retails for $39.00.

Selita was indeed a vision on the red carpet. I appreciate that she went high/low and combined her designer frock with a frugalista friendly accessory piece.

I too went the high/low route with simple black Christian Louboutin pumps, Fiona Paxton necklace,Mossimo v-neck pocket tee (From Target) and this Aqua brand gold/black metallic skirt from Bloomingdales. I snagged it on sale for about $18!

And you couldn’t tell me a thing as I hit my hottest contortionist model pose on the red carpet! Hilar!

Ok, next time I’ll leave the “posing” to the real models :)

While perusing the aisles (makeup aisles, of course) at the grand opening, I spotted one of my beauty faves. She was carefully inspecting her product line on the shelves — crossing t’s and dotting i’s! See if you recognize this iconic makeup artist and entrepreneur…

It’s Sonia Kashuk. Yep, THE Sonia Kashuk — the woman behind the popular exclusive target cosmetic line. We chatted for a spell and did a quick interview regarding her new eco-friendly beauty tools. More deets on the interview soon…

Here’s Sonia Kashuk’s new line of bamboo and cork brushes….

Culture and lifestyle maven, Bevy Smith was in attendance and I was lucky enough to snag a quick flick (and rub the hem of her DVF garment). If you’re not following @bevysmith on Twitter you’re missing out on a daily dose of invaluable “Bevy-isms”.

Speaking of Twitter, I finally met one of my Twitter faves in-person. Please meet @theelegantthrifter aka Stan Williams. His book, The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details (Clarkson Potter) shows you “not just what to look for, but also how to look at an object to identify a great piece.”

Also follow Stan’s blog at www.theelegantthrifter.com

Here I am with world-renowed chef Marcus Samuelsson. Check out his kitchen collection at Target! Five-percent of each product’s purchase price will go to The Fund for Public Schools in support of the library at PS 180: Hugo Newman. www.schools.nyc.gov/site/M180

While I certainly enjoyed the many wonderful humans I met in Harlem that evening, it was a four-legged friend that sent my heart sailing….

Most folks at the event took “one” picture with Bullseye the Target mascot. Yours truly could not resist requesting a second picture with Bullseye…this one with a kiss! MmmmmmmmmmMWAH Bullseye!

Definitely check out the Harlem Tarjay! What a wonderful win for the community. #TeamHarlem!


Beauty360.com, the online shopping destination for CVS/pharmacy’s prestige beauty retailer Beauty 360, carries coveted skincare brands including Ahava, Bioelements, Borba, Canyon Ranch Skincare, Mario Badescu and many more.

Today thru July 25 shop Beauty360.com for 20% off all your suncare and skincare purchases! By entering coupon code GLOW at checkout you will also receive free shipping when you spend $49 or more. Click on this link for additional details and products: http://tinyurl.com/337cyau

You may follow Beauty360 at www.twitter.com/beauty360 for beauty tips and news, event details and upcoming promotions.


Here’s one for my brides — NYC Smile Design announces a cosmetic dental makeover contest for one lucky bride –to-be to win a FREE dental makeover worth up to $30,000. NYC Smile Design’s “Extreme Bridal Makeover” is a contest based in the metropolitan area. Women who are getting married are encouraged to share their stories for a chance to win a makeover worth $30,000.

In order to enter, the contestant must submit a story about why she is unhappy with her smile along with a picture. Dr. Ramin Tabib and Dr. Mello of NYC Smile Design will choose the person with the most compelling story to win the makeover and they will then work their magic to create the perfect smile for the big day.

In order to enter for a chance to win, you must first become a fan of NYC Smile Design’s Facebook page. Visit NYC Smile Design’s Facebook page for details to enter and for daily updates about the contest follow NYC Smile Design on Twitter.


Visit Youngblood at the Plaza Hotel to get your ultimate mineral makeover. Through July 24, join the artists behind Youngblood to learn about flawless foundation application. For purchases over $150 you will receive an organza bag filled with a full size lip gloss, deluxe Primer sample, deluxe Hi-Def powder sample and a Kabuki brush.

Youngblood offers a comprehensive collection of natural-looking makeup. Visit the Plaza Hotel’s beauty level and learn more!

WHO: The Plaza Beauty

WHAT: Youngblood Cosmetics

WHEN: Now through Saturday, July 24th, 2010

WHERE: The Plaza Beauty One West 58th Street, Concourse Level NY, NY 10019 212.223.4694


On July 26 one of my favorite makeup brands will debut on ShopNBC. (See previous BECCA posts here, here, here, and here)

BECCA Cosmetics will premiere on the network this Monday, July 26th at 11am and 7pm ET. The line is a fave of mine because its complexion range satisfies from Nicole Kidman to Alek Wek. The line features natural looking cosmetics that focus on a flawless and fresh finish, while benefiting the skin with anti-oxidant vitamins and high levels of broad spectrum sunscreen.

Of the launch on ShopNBC, BECCA founder, Rebecca Morrice Williams, has this to say: “We’re thrilled to be launching BECCA on ShopNBC. Offering women the opportunity to create flawless, natural looking skin is what the BECCA line pivots around. We’ve chosen many special, best-selling products for the face, eyes, lips and cheeks, and are very excited to introduce them to the ShopNBC audience”.

Tune in and learn more about BECCA!


Last, but certainly not least, here’s a deal from Stila that I just had to share…..

  • Do you need makeup? (of course you do. LOL)
  • Do you have $10?
  • Ok, buy this!

Stila just launched limited edition Stila Girl Travel Palettes! The first of the series is Road to Radiance Across the USA inspired by Kylie’s road trip across the US!

The frugalista friendly palette includes:

Four Eye Shadows:
– Snow Bunny (shimmery champagne)
– Southern Belle (mauve)
– Valley Girl (pink)
– City Chick (alloy)

Convertible Color:
– Hibiscus (I lurrrrve Stila Convertible color cheek colors. “Fuchsia” is one of my faves)

Each palette is ONLY $10, a $65 VALUE! Collect all Five (check back next month for the new palette!)


Have a great weekend everyone…I hope to do some crabbing down the shore! Nom nom!



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This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Christene Carr. For more from Christene visit her blog www.christenecarr.com or her business website www.hairandskinjunc.com


Allergy season is the best time for me to test waterproof eye make-up. Cue the pollen and my eyes run like a leaky faucet. When IT Cosmetics H20 “No Tug”  Waterproof Eye Pencil landed in my hand I was excited to test it because I had recently lost my entire make-up bag…(I cried, replacing all of my eye make-up is going to be an insane task!)

My first application of IT Cosmetics H20 “No Tug”  Waterproof Eye Pencil was done on the inside of my eye rim (water line) and the base of my upper lid. After a few hours, I had what I like to call ‘eyeliner migration’ – this is the gradual slipping of the eyeliner, especially under the eye. This may have been because I didn’t use primer, it was hot, and my allergies were in rare form.

My second application was done with a primer on the upper lid and a touch of basic powder underneath my eye. Later that evening, after 3-4 applications of eye drops (due to allergies), I was pleased to notice that my eyeliner held up with out budging. Nice!

The IT Cosmetics H20 “No Tug”  Waterproof Eye Pencil promises to “glide on without tugging” or irritating the eye while the “highly pigmented formula” is said to stick to even the inner rim of the eye to give a “dramatic look.” For best results (and if you have very watery eyes like mine) use with a primer. The product is mild enough for use on sensitive skin like mine. It is also mineral oil free and free of harsh waxes. It is rich in shea and cocoa butter.

Overall this is a great long-wear product that I will continue using. As a tiny note of criticism, I wish the pencil came with a matching sharpener.

IT Cosmetics H20 “No Tug” Waterproof Eye Pencil is available in black and brown.

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Today’s gift guide is is for the gal pal on your holiday list who absolutely positively lives for makeup (meaning: she’s a lot like moi). Gloss, bronzer, blush…you name it – she’s obsessed. Not sure what to buy your makeup loving BFF? Fret not, I’ve got you covered. Behold…

ThisThatBeauty Approved Holiday Gift Guide: For the Makeup Obsessed

MAKE UP FOR EVER Flash Color Palette – $95P219411_hero

Want to see your Makeup Obsessed BFF completely lose it? If you answered, “yes”, may I suggest MAKE UP FOR EVER Flash Color Palette! It is a creamy, highly pigmented color palette with soft texture that blends easily with other shades. Flash Colors are ideally suited for creating personalized hues of blush, eye shadows and lip color. I swear by the peach and pink shades as a blush base for brides. Flash Colors are easily set with loose powder or eye shadow. This palette is a makeup fiend’s dream. Trust me on this one!

04055710Clarins Gold Attraction Face Palette – $57

Embrace all that sparkles this holiday season! Clarins Gold Attraction Face Palette is the perfect choice for a subtle hint of sexy golden shimmer on the face or decolletage. This luxuriously packaged face palette is a great gift for the makeup lover in your life. The soft beige powder with both glossy and matte colour combine beautifully to create a face palette that is extremely flattering and will compliment a variety of complexions. Inspired by the radiance of Venice, Gold Attraction Face Palette can be used to light up your eyes, decolletage and high points of the face. This gift is sure to make a statement!

Smashbox Eyelights in Smokebox – $346a00d8341cb58653ef012875ed94cc970c-250wi

In my experience as a makeup artist, do you know what the number one requested look is? Yep, you guessed it…SMOKY EYES! Eyelights in Smokebox is a smoky, sultry trio of shadows designed to work flawlessly to create the ultimate smoky eye. You don’t have to be a makeup artist to achieve this highly sought after look. Smashbox makes it simple with this perfect palette of intense metallic shadows. Eyelights in Smokebox includes warm beige, soft brown, and intense black. FIERCE!

My_Sculpted_Face_48fb94d2a5197My Sculpted Face – $38

This is the perfect gift for the makeup obsessed bella in your life who has EVERYTHING! Help your makeup loving BFF take her application to the next level. My Sculpted Face provides step by step instruction on bringing out cheekbones, contouring a double chin, slenderizing the forehead, and slimming or straightening the nose. All powders in My Sculpted Face are designed in custom shades that closely match the natural shadows created by facial feature dimension. Furthermore, My Sculpted Face is plain old cool and will knock your makeup crazed BFF’s socks off. I use My Sculpted all the time and LOVE the results!

Lord & Berry Black Wardrobe – $3841GSRP2MFZL._SS500_

This four piece eye pencil set offers you all the shades of black you need: matte, shiny, sparkling black, and violet-black. Lord & Berry Black Wardrobe is truly a wardrobe in black. Smooth Black is perfect for everyday office wear. The slight hint of violet in Cool Black dresses up you eyes with just of hint of smokey purple. Mirror black is slick and glossy for an uber wet effect. Sparkly Black is best for a night out on the town…all eyes will be on you! Black Wardrobe is packaged in a portable Lord & Berry soft pouch. The set also includes a sharpener.

SHOWGIRL_PALETTE_250x250BECCA Showgirl Holiday Palette – $65

My Holiday Gift Guide would be incomplete without the inclusion of BECCA, one of ThisThatBeauty’s fav brands! Many of you followed my recent breakdown on Twitter when I lost my beloved Compact Concealer. Thankfully New London Pharmacy NYC had my shade (Truffle) in stock. Crisis averted!

As a huge fan of multitasking palettes, I simply had to add Showgirl Holiday Palette to my holiday gift guide for the Makeup Obsessed. Showgirl is a glamorous collaboration of shades for eye, lips, and cheeks. This conveniently packaged all-in-one palette is perfect for the glamour gal on the go who needs to get gorg fast! The shades include:

  • Lip & Cheek Creme – Holly hock (berry)
  • Nude Lip Gloss – Parisette (soft pink)
  • Eye Color Wash – Tulle (misty lilac)
  • Eye Colour Wash – Charmeuse (mushroom beige)
  • Compact Eyeliner – Emmanuelle (dark brown)
  • Dual Ended Brush – Eyeliner/ Eye Shadow Brush combination

The Body Shop Eye and Cheek Palette – $13pd-Eye-and-Cheek-Palette-Lilac-Caramel

Here’s another palette stunner. These party-ready products for eyes, lips and cheeks feature highly effective moisturizing and skin conditioning community Trade Marula Oil from Nambia’s Eudafang Women’s Co Operative.


Laura Gellar Baked Cake Eyeliner Duo – $27

This revolutionary liner offers creamy and intense buildable color that glides on with a fluidity that creates the perfect flawless line or a sultry smudgy look! When Baked Cake Eyeliner Duo is applied wet, the liner become water resistant and lasts for hours. ThisThatBeauty’s fav shade is Blueberry/ Dutch Chocolate. Yumma yumma!

Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball Shimmer Treatment Lipstick – $20productshot

Inspired by Mohammed Ali’s famous quote from Rumble in the Jungle “I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”, Lipstick Queen’s latest launch, Butterfly Ball Shimmer Treatment Lipstick, comes in five beautifully subtle shades that are as sheer as the wings of a butterfly. Each shimmer tint contains a hint of turquoise which creates a very flattering blue flash to make your teeth appear whiter. How cool is that? The luscious formula contains nourishing Vitamin E, C, B and Aloe which makes Butterfly Ball Shimmer Treatment incredibly wet, soft, and moisturizing. All five shades are incredibly flattering and sheer enough to be universally flattering.

  • Float – Pale shimmering nude
  • Fly – Hot shimmering pink
  • Trance – Subtle shimmering Raspberry (my fav!)
  • Moment – Sexy shimmering Red
  • Goodbye – Deep shimmering wine

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