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I love having oily skin because it will (hopefully) keep me looking young for many years to come, however, having oily skin means that my nice morning glow will turn into a not-so-nice oil slick by the end of the day.  Because my skin is so oily, I am forever in search of the best foundations for oily skin. I look for foundation formulations that can manage shine appropriately and help me to maintain a polished face for most of the day…even during the summer. For this post I’ve picked out 3 of the best foundations for oily skin.


hourglass immaculate liquid powder foundation

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

Yes, the hype on this foundation is real. Everyone talks about the miracle that is Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation and they are right. I finally broke down and bought it for myself and absolutely loved it. The texture feels like a whipped powder-y mousse and goes on beautifully. But as it says, it does dry down instantly to a liquid powder making the skin velvety and matte. Some mattifying foundations make the skin look powdery and dry, but this one manages to keep the skin looking luminous while still shine-free. I go between applying with my fingers and with a synthetic foundation brush for the best look. Long wearing and comfortable on the skin, this light to medium coverage foundation is a no-brainer for the summer. Available at Sephora for $55.00.

Smashbox CC Cream

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream

This Smashbox CC Cream came out of nowhere and knocked me over with how beautiful it looked on the skin. From the first day I wore it, the color match was perfect, the coverage was lightweight and it kept me MATTE for most of the day! When you first apply it, it goes on slightly dewy but dries down right after to a natural matte finish. I typically wear this for most of my outfit posts on my blog because not only does it look beautiful in person, it always makes my skin look flawless in photos. The shade range is good, not great but if you find your shade, I highly recommend trying this. Available at Sephora for $19.50.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup

Part of the super popular Naked line for Urban Decay, the Naked Skin Liquid Makeup quickly became a beauty blogger staple. Again so much hype and I was not sure it would live up to the praise. I don’t wear that much Urban Decay so I wasn’t sure I would love this foundation. Update: I LOVE IT. I never know how liquid foundations will wear on my oily skin because so many are meant to be luminous, dewy or radiant – three words I am often afraid of in my face makeup. But this surprised me and became a favorite almost immediatley. It is a lightweight liquid that gives sheer coverage but can be built up to be almost medium to medium full. It gives much more of a natural matte finish rather than complete matte – so those with other skin types would enjoy this as well. I usually apply with a natural hair buffing brush and it gives a beautiful airbrushed finish. And the shade range is quite extensive so there is more than likely something for everyone. Available at Sephora for $39.00.

What are your favorite foundations for oily skin? Any that I missed? Tell me in the comments!

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The CC cream craze is officially here and after giving a bunch of them a go, I believe it is here to stay. Following the immense popularity of the BB creams, it was only a matter of time before the next letter of the alphabet was needed. BB creams, which is short for blemish or beauty balm, were initially created by dermatologists in Germany to help treat patients that had just undergone facial laser surgery. They are a hybrid makeup, that gives coverage while simultaneously providing skincare benefits to help treat and heal the skin. CC creams are much lighter in texture and are meant to color correct any dark spots, hyper pigmentation and acne scars, as well as brighten the complexion. Both BB and CC creams are suitable for all skin types. But I have to say, after wearing quite a few of these CC creams over the past few weeks, I am happy to report that they are definitely worth the quick lesson you may have to give yourself to understand them. And while perusing the internet for exact BB/CC cream differentiation, I found sephora.com to have some of the best selection of products and explanations/tips of how to use both. Here are 5 CC Creams to Try Right Now:

smashbox cc creamSmashbox CC Cream

I have to start with my standout favorite – Smashbox CC cream. I am a lukewarm fan of the Smashbox BB cream, but I’m thoroughly enjoying the CC cream. I found the shade range to be quite extensive, and my shade (fair) was a perfect match (Felicia aka Miss ThisThatBeauty is “dark”…and equally in love with Smashbox CC cream). The texture is extremely lightweight but does a great job of evening out my skin tone. Formulated with an SPF 30, this CC cream is meant to neutralize and brighten the skin and control oil throughout the day.

Available for $42.00 at Sephora.

Amore Pacific cc creamAmore Pacific Color Cushion Compact

Already a fan of their skincare, I was excited to try Amore Pacific’s version of a CC cream. I was immediately drawn to the creams texture, though I often expect them to be a tad heavy; this was not the case. The feel was light and weightless with buildable coverage if needed. The shade range is slightly limited but if you find a shade that suits you, the benefits of the product are amazing. It has superior antioxidant and sun protection, clocking in at an SPF of 50, and keeps the skin significantly hydrated throughout the day. The puff applicator cools and soothes the skin as it goes on, and evens out any redness or discoloration flawlessly.

Available for $60.00 at Bergdorf Goodman.

supergoop cc creamSupergoop Daily Correct CC Cream

With Supergoop’s phenomenal success in the sunscreen arena, it only seems natural that they take a slight step to the side and venture into the market of CC creams. The Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream formula combines the benefits of both a primer/foundation with anti-aging benefits to help smooth, even and correct the skin tone. Not only does the formula contain a broad spectrum SPF 35, it is also chock full of ingredients that are good for you and your skin. The team at Supergoop have a strong commitment to formulating their products with healthy ingredients and natural preservative systems, so this is a great choice for those of you who prefer a more natural product.

Available for $32.00 at Nordstrom.

clinique moisture surge cc creamClinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

Never a brand to shy away from skincare/makeup hybrids, Clinique is another option with many great benefits. Besides the fact that they are the sensitive skin holy grail brand, they also make products that are super effective with affordable price points. Double win! Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream is oil free and great for all skin types – lightweight to apply either alone or under foundation, with ingredients to help address dullness, sallowness and redness. They also have one of the most varied color ranges I have come across, with 8 shades to choose from.

Available for $35.00 at Sephora.

pur minerals cc creamPUR minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40

A CC cream with a touch more coverage, this Pur minerals version is a true multi-tasking product. It can be used as a moisturizer, concealer, skin brightener, primer and SPF foundation – basically it can do anything you may need it to do. Perfect alone or under other makeup, this silicone-free formula will help to correct and protect the skin’s appearance.

Available for $38.00 at Ulta.com

Have you tried any CC creams? Which are your favorites?

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Shine Bright Like A Diamond“. . . it’s not just a Rihanna lyric, it’s the best possible choice of words to describe the newly re-vamped Sephora Times Square. This week I had the opportunity to explore the new space and shop my faves. And let me tell you — I was blown away. The newly added amenities and services take Sephora to a whole otherworldly level of amazingness (<= I just made that up)!

Sephora Times Square Transformed

The beauty wonderland has been gorgeously expanded to include private consultation rooms, a luxe fragrance boutique equipped with fancy computers to help you choose your scent du jour, and [my personal fave] majorly impressive “Nail Play” stations set up by trend (jewel tones, nude, glitter, you know…) & outfitted with iPads that guide you through the latest nail looks, one step at a time. Cool, right? I shot a few videos of the iPad tutorials. Check them out on my Viddy account

Nail Play Stations at Sephora Times Square
Nail Play Stations at Sephora Times Square
How cool are these iPad tutorials at Sephora Times Square?
How cool are these iPad tutorials at Sephora Times Square?
My Sephora Haul
Here’s my Sephora haul. See any of your favorites? Follow me on Instagram @ThisThatBeauty for the deets on these beauty goodies!

There’s still time to join in the grand re-opening festivities. Today, December 8, from 11a – 5p, check out MAKE UP FOR EVER‘s artists who will be creating body art that simply must be seen to believe! AT 6p, Join Kate Walsh, and experience her fragrance Billionaire Boyfriend. Stick around for casino games and a chance to win glamorous prizes.

Sephora Times Square is truly a destination for the beauty-obsessed. Personally, I’d move in if they’d let me.

Follow @Sephora and @SephoraTSQ

Follow the tweets from opening week at #SephoraNYC


Nobody looks forward to a Thanksgiving food coma more than I do (Ok, maybe you do but we will never know).  I am usually lulled to sleep earlier than usual only to wake up in the wee hours of the morning with pie crumbs around my face and nothing much to do. A few years ago I started checking out online Black Friday deals because I was never moved to rush out into the cold craziness that is traditional Black Friday shopping. This year, I’ve rounded up some great beauty deals that can be had online on Black Friday and beyond. I have also included deals from other sources that may not be a complete zoo on Black Friday. So, grab your nice little list and let’s go stimulate the economy!


DEAL: 75% off Behind the Scenes Eye Primer/Shadow Duo plus Serenity Eye Shadow single pot. Selling for $10 retail value of $40!

WHEN: Black Friday

WHERE: Sephora and Sephora inside JCPenney


DEAL: Stila Merry & Bright Palette and Lip Glaze Set

WHEN: Available exclusively on Black Friday (Friday, November 23rd)

WHERE:  Exclusively at Sephora for $10

DEAL:  Buy one, get one free promotion on the Jingle All the Way Travel Palette. The palette contains a Convertible Color and six stunning eye shadows for creating wintery looks or a bold smoky eye in a matter of minutes.

WHEN: Black Friday

WHERE:  Stila Cosmetics Facebook page



DEAL: Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color Collection for $49 (a $140 value)

WHEN: Available exclusively on Black Friday (Friday, November 23rd)

WHERE: www.UrbanDecay.com

DEAL: Smoked Palette + FREE Double Ended 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set for $49 (a $77 value)

WHEN: Available exclusively on Black Friday (Friday, November 23rd)

WHERE: www.UrbanDecay.com


DEAL: 25% off and free shipping using promo code “GREEN” at check out

WHEN: Black Friday, November 23rd

WHERE:  www.NourishUSDA.com


DEAL: 30% off all Vapour products (except samples) using promo code blackfriday12 at check out

WHENBlack Friday – Cyber Monday: 

WHERE:  www.VapourBeauty.com


DEAL: $25 off any $100 purchase with code BLACKFRIDAY

WHEN: Black Friday

WHERE: Murad.com


DEAL: 20% off orders of $50 or more. Enter the code FRIENDS2012  at checkout.

WHEN: November 21st – November 26th)



DEAL40% off all Lumene products!

WHEN: Black Friday, November 23rd

WHERE: Walgreens and Walgreens.com


DEAL: 29 brands are participating in a gift with purchase in store and online, including top brands Jo Malone, Clarisonic, Smashbox, Clarins, Jimmy Choo, Prada and more!

Here are some examples of the offers:

  • With an $85 Kiehl’s purchase, receive Crème de Corps, Clearly Corrective, Rosa Artica Lightweight and Rosa Artica eye in a Kiehl’s pouch, both online and in stores
  • With your $75 Estee Lauder purchase, receive deluxe size samples of Estee Lauder ‘Re-Nutriv’ Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Crème and ‘Re-Nutriv’ Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Eye Crème. Gifted items are up to a $78 value, available both online and in stores
  • With a $350 La Mer purchase, receive Crème de La Mer, The Eye Concentrate, The Regenreating Serum, and The Cleansing Foam, both online and in stores
  • With a $125 YSL purchase, receive a small pouch, Paris TOA, Noir Radical Mascara, Forever Youth Eye Cream 3ML, Gommage 15ML, and a Forever Youth Liberator Serum 1ML, both online and in stores
  • Additionally on Black Friday, Nordstrom will have Buy 2, Get 1 Free Nail Polish deal valid online and in store on November 23rd (while supplies lasts): Purchase two nail colors from Deborah Lippmann, butter LONDON, THE NEW BLACK or Nordstrom Nail Color and receive a third polish (of equal or lesser value) from the same brand FREE!
WHEN: Black Friday
WHERE: Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com


DEAL: AHAVA will offer 40% off site-wide with code BLACKFRIDAY

WHEN: Offer valid November 21st – 25th

WHERE:  Ahavaus.com


DEAL:  Bath & Body Works Black Friday VIP Bag  includes everything below  and is $20 with any $40 in-store purchase (over $100 value)

  • Cashmere Glow Body Lotion 8 oz
  • Cashmere Glow Shower Gel 10 oz
  • Paris Men’s Shower Gel 10 oz
  • Paris Amour Body Lotion 8 oz
  • Sparkling Pink Champagne Anti-Bac Foaming Hand Soap
  • Mini Candle in Cranberry Bellini
  • Gauze Sponge

WHEN: Black Frday

WHERE: Body Shop Stores



DEAL: 50% savings on select luxury items!  Also, save 30% on beloved bliss and Remede bundles and sets, and save 20% on a selection of Bliss, Remede and Elemis products

WHEN: Black Friday to Cyber Monday

WHERE: Blissworld.com



drugstore.com will be offering Facebook exclusive offers to all fans. The deals extend across all categories and will be revealed at random each day leading up to Black Friday. On Black Friday, the number of deals offered will increase in both number and value.

26 total deals; 4 deals per day Mon-Thurs, 10 deals on Friday

Deals range in value, lowest $0.99

A progress bar on the app lets people know how much time is left on each deal and when the next one will be revealed

All deals are stackable

All deals are Facebook exclusive

WHEN: Throughout the week of November 19th

WHERE: drugstore.com; Check out the brand’s Facebook page for the exclusive offers


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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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This is only my second full winter living in a state where I have to swap my open toe sandals for fur lined knee high boots, so I’ll be the first to tell you — I was in no way prepared to deal with the dull skin that I am currently faced with (pun intended.) With this in mind I went on a quest to find products that would give me a fabulous summer glow, albeit temporary, in the dead of winter.

Before applying makeup to my face I moisturize and add an SPF.  Yes, it’s winter but the sun is still out so an SPF is necessary. I still have a few post-pimple blemishes on my face, so next, I spot conceal using my foundation.

Now, on to the glow…

Smashbox Photo Op is an under eye brightener that contains Vitamin C, peptides, red wine extract and marine collagen. If you have minor dark circles this product works great to conceal them, if your dark circles are more serious, Smashbox Photo Op prepares your under eye area for concealer application. It has tiny light reflectors that help eyes look more alive.

GloMinerals Glotint for cheeks and lips

I LOVE this product!  I have tried stains and I have to work fast and precise to get the look I want.  With GloMinerals Glo tint I can work slower and add product if I want more intense color.  I use it only on my cheeks to give me that bit of color before I illuminate. It is lightweight and blends nicely into my skin giving a natural blush effect.

GloMinerals Golden Bronzing Stick

This bronzing stick goes on very smooth and the illuminating particles are tiny and blend right into my skin.  I apply GloMinerals GloGolden Bronzing Stick almost under the apple of my cheek and down the center of my nose. This stick is good for a natural, day time, dewy, sun kissed glow.


I recently reviewed the Lipwand, so I was excited to receive the Wanderlove Eyewand. It is a three part product with a cream shadow, illuminator and liner. The liner is highly pigmented and glides on effortlessly but will run if worn for an extended period without a primer. The illuminator is pure perfection when applied just under the brow and blended. The cream shadow only worked for me after I applied a primer to my lid. I have oily lids, so without the primer it creased fairly quickly.

Hourglass Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss

I’m a lip product minimalist and winter doesn’t change that. I’m vigilant with moisturizing my lips and every other lip product gets layered over it.  The Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss by Hourglass is enriched with Vitamin E and hydrates as it adds sheen without being too heavy or tacky. The one downside to the uber chic packaging is that while it is very beautiful, it’s slightly challenging to open. The formula is (almost) water resistant and holds up well in cold weather.

Half of the fun of makeup, for me, is just playing around and discovering new ways to use products I already own. For night time I add foundation and add a bit more color to my eyes. I also use the illuminator from the Eyewand on the outside corner below my eye.  I even out the color on my lip with a brown lip pencil and apply the Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss over it.

Whatever happens this winter, I suggest you find your way to glow, I did.


This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Christene Carr. For more: @ChristeneCarr on twitter and  www.christenecarr.com.

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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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For Fall 2010 Smashbox introduces subtly sunkissed complexion that is beautifully highlighted with golden undertones. The look exudes warm and radiant skin against dramatically rimmed inky metallic eyes. Naturally, as to not overdo it or lose focus, a toned down nude gloss completes the look that is “MASQUERADE“.

Meet the collection:

  • Eye Shadow Palette in Masquerade: Complementary trios of color featuring matte blocks of soft peach, taupe and bone; shimmering shades of black plum, gold, navy and bronze, and two metallic options in khaki and cabernet
  • Baked Fusion Soft Lights Palette : Illuminating powder combining champagne, soft gold and rose gold tones, designed to highlight cheeks, nose, forehead and décolleté. Available in Illusion
  • Creamy Cheek Color & Brush: This vitamin E enriched formula comes in Intrigue, a warm pink which adds a flawless flush to the apples of cheeks
  • Liquid Liner & Lash Overlay: FAV ALERT!!! – I am head over heels for this genius little two-in-one formula which can be used as a liquid eye liner and as a coating over mascara to ‘tip’ lashes in glistening color. I highly recommend the Teal shade for my Olive to Dark complexion bellas and Bronze for the fair to light honeys!
  • Lip Enhancing Gloss: With sunflower seed oil and vitamin E, these glosses provide moisture and shine. Available in Reveal and Disguise
  • O-Gloss Noir: FAV ALERT!!! Here’s another TTB fave. O-Gloss Noir interacts with lips to transform the initial black formula into a personalised berry shade. Extract of ginkgo biloba leaf and goji berry boosts microcirculation, avocado oil moisturizes while vitamin C and pomegranate seed oil deliver antioxidant properties

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Ahhh, fall is in the air! What’s good in the hood this year? Is shimmer what’s hot in the streets?…or matte? Will strong brows and lips be a trend? 

Get a Smashing Fall Look with Smashbox and Sephora. Be the first to experience Masquerade, the captivating new fall collection from Smashbox.  Learn how to apply the rich, smoldering shadows, high impact metallic liners and shimmer glosses in sultry, provocative hues like a seasoned pro through a one-on-one lesson with a Smashbox artist to achieve picture-perfect results every time!

August 19th 3:00pm – 8:00pm

  • Sephora Times Square
  • Sephora 67th & 3rd Ave.
  • Sephora 86th & Lexington
  • Sephora 99th & Columbus
  • Sephora Flatiron

August 20th 3:00pm – 8:00pm

  • Sephora 42nd & Madison
  • Sephora 5 Times Square
  • Sephora 711 Lexington
  • Sephora Columbus Circle
  • Sephora 76th & Broadway

August 21st 12:00pm – 6:00PM

  • Sephora 5th Ave
  • Sephora 34th Street
  • Sephora Soho
  • Sephora Times Square

August 22nd 12:00pm – 6:00pm

  • Sephora Times Square
  • Sephora Union Square

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Summer is the perfect time to bear it all. Smashbox’s summer launch, “Get Naked”, encourages you to embrace a sheer color palette of shimmering nudes and soft pink tones.

“Get Naked” is all about a natural, ethereal flawless look that beams radiance. Lit-from-within luminosity, pretty dewy cheeks, eyes with natural tone, and a slick of gloss natural hued gloss….and there you have it — you’re naked (sorta). If feminine, girly, and barely-there makeup strike your fancy, consider “Get Naked”.

Meet the collection:

  • Photo Finish Lid Primer: A color-correcting eye base that comes in the shade Golden Nude, a shimmering but subtle glow
  • High Lights/Creamy Cheek Color: A cheek color and highlighting duo that is infused with vitamin E to offer moisturizing and protecting benefits
  • Naked Beauty Lip Gloss Collection: Eight mini glosses in an array of sheer shades. The set includes: Bare, sandwashed pink; Buff, a sheer soft peach; Naked, a shimmering champagne; Nude, a creamy nude pink; Exposed, a bubblegum pink; Natural, a rosebud pink; Sunkissed, a shimmering golden brown; and Pure, a juicy melon
  • Halo Hydrating Perfecting Bronzer: A luxurious skin treatment bronzer that fights the signs of aging, while adding a luminous natural glow to the complexion. It is made up of 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and peptides

Smashbox’s spring 2010 color collection, Heartbreaker, is a fun and flirty offering that is filled with bold and vibrant spring shades. This is precisely the energizing jolt of Spring makeup you seek after a cold dreary winter of subdued tones. Heartbreaker (which makes me hum this lil ditty by everyone’s favorite Meltdown Diva) embodies trends and looks that I wholeheartedly welcome when the weather breaks. Spring time encourages makeup risk taking….have at it with a pop of bursting color, soft washes of shimmery shades, slick lips, and flushed cheeks.

Heartbreaker is tastefully youthful….pouts painted in glossy hot pink….lilac and ballet pink shadow softly frame the eyes….Pretty pink shimmer powder creates a warm glow.

The collection flaunts a diverse color palette with a rich assortment of shades. Bright azure, mint, hot pink and deep violet colors balance out warm tones like chestnut, champagne and charcoal. Pinks, coral orange, berry and beige are main focus for plump kissable lips.

The full collection rundown:

  • Eye Shadow Palette: Two new palettes featuring six shades: Hot Date (crème brulee, shimmering chestnut, champagne, shimmering azure, mint and taupe) and Kiss n’ Tell (ballet pink, hot pink, icy white, deep violet, charcoal and peony)
  • Fusion Soft Lights: A color wheel of shimmering powders arriving in pinks and neutrals in one shade suits all, Baked Starlight
  • Liquid Liner Pen: Liquid eyeliner pen in Jet Black
  • Lip Shine: Two new lip formulations in Berry Hot, a berry pink and Melon-Drama, a coral orange
  • Roller Gloss: A new roll-on lip gloss in Pink Sugar, a glittery pale pink

This collection screams “spring makeup investment”, so start stacking your chips. Heartbreaker is money well spent, for reals.

Are you in search of a miracle makeup for your eyes? Well according to Smashbox – the wait is over! With the launch of Halo Hydrating Perfecting Eye Shadow Duo, Smashbox has managed to infuse anti aging benefits into eye enhancing shadows. Halo Hydrating Perfecting Eye Shadow Duos are multi tasking shadows with the science of skincare built into the  formula. By converting a pressed powder into fresh, fine, loose shadow, Halo Hydrating Eye Shadow improves the appearance of fine lines and crepiness around the eye area. This innovative treatment and makeup in one contains goji berries to provide antioxidant protection, 48 bio-available minerals, Hydrolized Wheat protein, and Smashbox’s patented hydrogel technology for sustained moisture release. The product also contains collagen and a host of powerful peptides.

The eye shadow packaging allows you to twist the top and dispense the perfect amount of product to create both your base shade and crease color. The duos are oil, talc, fragrance, and paraben free and come in five matte shades:

  • Soft Peach/ Cocoa (ThisThatBeauty’s fav for a classic everyday look)
  • Pewter/ Smoke
  • Bisque/ Almond
  • Petal/ Plum
  • Buff/ Ivy

Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Eye Shadow Duo is retail priced at $36.

Available at Sephora, Ulta, and Smashbox.com

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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

Neutral makeup doesn’t have to be boring makeup. My favorite look (current fave because it changes all the time!) is a neutral eye and a strong lip. This combo is super easy to pull off and the results are stunning.

Earth tones make for amazing neutrals. Many women find earth tones very easy to work with because they’re basically fool proof and the shades are not intimidating. Check out some of ThisThatBeauty’s favorite of the moment earth tone eye colors.

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