Use Before…

Cosmetic ExpirationMuch like food comes with stamps and labels advising you to use the product before a specific date, cosmetics follow a similar practice. The difference with cosmetics is that there is a life expectancy image cleverly placed on (usually) the label sticker, with a number inside of it. The numbers will vary from months to years. This applies to the open date, as air starts to get in and around the particles and contaminate all the good relations you worked so hard to cultivate.

Check out some of the Sally Beauty tips for how to use the life expectancy dates, and what items are on sale to exchange your oldies (although I have to admit, I disregard the signs sometimes!).

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Rihanna Au Natural

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Sorry folks, when it rains, it pours! Still on my Rihanna information high, I’m studying the photos of the lady in red exiting Madeo restaurant in West Hollywood.

Photo Credit: HotCelebsHome

She’s keeping the makeup low key (something suggested with fiery red locks such as those) with a light glow all over the face, and some blush and highlighter by the cheeks. Her lids are sporting a color that could be achieved by using the highlighter, to combat shadows and add a bit of shimmer. Her waterline is lightly lined to create depth, and her lips have a sheer pastel pink wash over them.

Do you like the natural look or do you prefer all glam all the time?

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Choosing a Makeup Brush (or two…)

Photobucket Sometimes it takes forever to find the perfect brush. Aside from finding one that offers accurate application and long time for usage and safe keeping, sometimes we want to indulge in the materialistic and just have our brushes look cute. Who hasn’t looked at a bright color (if that’s your thing) on a brush and thought “ooohh I think I need that” or come up to your favorite makeup counter and saw that they added brushes to their line?

Now I don’t know if y’all ever heard about that scraggly word assume yet or not. I heard it first in elementary school from a teacher (yup – classy) & was informed that when you assume, you make the first three letters of the fourth and the last two. Get it? Well, sometimes it’s easy to assume. It’s easy to get caught up in the branding of a product and assume that if the product is great, the rest of the brand will follow. The same with assuming of economics; if something is cheap, it’ll treat you right, or it will just have to do, being that the budget is apparent and not budge(t)-ing.

Now here’s the thing y’all. You can get away with doing plenty with nary a single brush. So really, the necessity is to get a good brush. And until then, there are plenty a cheap alternative to keep you pretty.

First – your fingers. Most everyone is blessed with plenty a digit to use as makeup applicators. These will never be too big for your face as they are yours, and they will be much better at carrying product b/c you can easily feel how much is picked up. The negative? Oils on your fingertips may not always aid in the longest lasting look.

Second – Q-Tips. Now these bad boys come plenty in a pack and can be used for makeup removal, touch up, application, testing, and oh yes – ear cleaning! They are sized appropriately Photobucketenough to fit in your pocket, in your wallet, cosmetics bag, anywhere! I also don’t think there are many a negative about q-tips available. The only one for me is using it with glossy or creamy products, because the cotton gets fussy & attaches itself to parts of my face that I’d rather it didn’t.

Third – don’t look at me like I’m crazy, buttesters! Plenty a store gives out testers & many will attest to the fact that I get plenty a tester to carry with me in my bag for last minute application & fixes. I especially love the mascara testers to use in lash separation post mascara application on the go, and for brown brushing if the winds get rough.

Last but not least – there are lots of “good enough” and mini brushes that come with the products you already buy. Beyond the “gift with purchase,” many companies are adding efficiency to their products by supplying you with a “one stop shop,” so that you can have a mirror and applicator in one product.

To get a good brush, I searched the net for a bunch of tips and tidbits on what would help you get a good purchase with no buyer’s remorse to follow. I found these two to be the most helpful: Makeup Tips: Brushes and Cosmetic Mall, Guide to Selection.

From what I’ve read, and mostly from what I look for on a regular basis, this is what the mental checklist ought to include:

  • Soft & comfortable feeling.
    This is something you are putting on your face.
  • Doesn’t shed when testing on your hand.
    Granted, there will always at one point or other be shedding for a brush. That admittedly, is the nature of it. It won’t last for an infinity. However, if it is already shedding on your hand, that is not a good foreshadowing for applications to come.
  • Easy to hold.
    Without touching your face (the brush needs to be washed before you let it touch your face post purchase!) try to mimic your application technique. Does this feel fine? Is the handle too big/thick/short?
  • Shape of brush.
    Just because it says eyeshadow brush doesn’t mean it will serve you well as an eyeshadow brush. Perform the same motions that you do on your face while testing on your hand (i.e. blending). Does the brush go too far? Does it not cover enough space? Widgets
Have you found the right brush(es)? Still searching? Tips and tricks? Tell me all!

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Magazine Weekend – Women’s Health September 09

Hey y’all! Happy weekend!

No weekend goes by without a magazine to accompany it, right? Well this weekend, we are exploring the phenomenon that happens all the time. Very often you hear people complaining about not being able to find the right shade of lipstick or lip gloss, and saying that though it looked good on someone else, or in the bottle, it looked terrible on them.

Well, Women’s Health (the September issue) has some good pointers at picking out just the right color and the most flattering shade for you. They also have a great interview with covergirl Mila Kunis. Click ‘read more’ to read the tip and see what else the magazine has for curious readers!

Here’s two tips from the magazine for figuring out if you’re warm toned or cool toned (a key part in choosing a color), and how best to test out the color before committing to buying it:


Also from the mag:

“80% of women have cool undertones, but don’t assume that you do.”

Check out the magazine for the guide on which shades go with cool and warm skin tones, along with the colors that are universally flattering. Also – check out which colors the guide says to avoid!

Shoot me an e-mail to if you would like me to explore other/have topics and/or magazines, or for general opinions of what’s in magazine weekend.

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Magazine Weekend: Cosmopolitan August 09

Happy Saturday, the weekend is here!!

Magazine Weekend continues with double the magazine in a day. I don’t know if y’all can or can’t handle it but I will ween you into it as I have turned into a magazine junkie.

The clip for the rest of today is from Cosmopolitan magazine for August 09. Again. The first one can be read here. But this was a can’t miss y’all.

I know a lot of the beauty junkies out there are a fan of lining their inner eyes. Sometimes people don’t do it because their eyes water, because they’re scared of poking their eye out, etc. But is it safe? Here’s your answer!


Shoot me an e-mail to if you would like me to explore other/have topics and/or magazines, or for general opinions of what’s in magazine weekend.

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Magazine Weekend – Self June 2009

Happy weekend everyone!

Back with some more magazine loving is Miss Yaya reading Self June 2009 with Beyonce on the cover!

I love me some Miss B and I adore me some beauty advice. So without further ado – check out some pointers on how to wear color this summer. So appropriate being that I am one of the main supporters of wearing color!!

To check out some more advice and to hear what Beyonce had to say, get yourself the June copy stat!