Monday, November 23, 2009

Victoria's Secret: Velvet Amber Blackberry Eau de Parfum


Surprise! Surprise! I love to smell good. Not just "good" but "GOOD!" There is a delicate science to achieving smelling GOOD vs. smelling tacky, cheap, and over the top. When I walk in a room I don't want people wondering "whoa! how much perfume does she have on?!" Instead, as I make my way through a room I want my scent to evoke thoughts like. "Mmmm, she smells clean, good, sweet, (you can feel in a pleasant adjective) is it her perfume, lotion, shampoo, what?...I want to be near her!" This is what I consider mastery in subtle fragrance wearing 101.

So my birthday is in three days and the only things on my birthday wish list are fragrances! I have practically run out of all my favorites. Not surprising since I'm the kind of lady that will put on some perfume even if all I am doing is going to pick up the kids from school! In the meanwhile of anxiously waiting for which fragrance my hubby and kids will pick off my wish list I am wearing the newest scent from Victoria's Secret. I have to admit--this is the first perfume I have ever bought from there. I had gone shopping for some lotion and they were having a special promotion for their newest scent--Velvet Amber Blackberry. OH MY GOSH! Smells so good. Like pure sweet floral goodness! I forget that I even have it on until I happen to wave my arm in front of my face or bring my hands/wrists up to my face. Then I am instantly delighted in my subtle aroma.

This is proof that my addiction just keeps getting worse! I now have another "favorite" to add to the list....

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Style Black MAC launch



I really have not been this excited about a MAC Cosmetics launch in a long time! Everyone knows that I absolutely love MAC. I've been a loyal follower for about fifteen years and was even fortunate enough to be part of their dynamic company for a few years. It's like your first love--there will always be a special place in your heart even if you go out and expand your horizons.

Anyway, I feel giddy again. Like I ran into my first love at the super market and now can't seem to get it off my mind. This launch is awesome! I LOVE eyeliner--and if you know me--this comes to no surprise. My mom used to say that I was "heavy handed" when it came to applying my eyeliner. "No, mom. I put it on like this on purpose!" She never totally understood my fixation with black eyeliner. That's okay. She thought I would grow out of it but here I am, 33 (almost) years old, and like a kid on Christmas morning excited about getting my hands on the Style Black products.

You can't go wrong with these amazing mineral shadows that have a vein of shimmer/sparkle running through them. You can wear them wet or dry and are pretty amazing. The one I HAVE TO HAVE is called Blue Flame. It's a black eyeshadow with blue pearl veining. AHH-MAZING!

There is also a black grease stick (I'm curious about getting my little paws on this), a "PENULTIMATE" eyeliner--which is basically a black liquid eyeliner that comes in the packaging of a felt tip pen. I don't have this product yet either--but as I am writing about it I am in full COVET mode. They also released a product called "glimmerglass" in which I'm very curious about. Also, they released a couple of creme color bases that my kit is incomplete without. I think a trip to the PRO store is in order.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Beautiful Bright Youthful Eyes...all thanks to Anastasia!


I swear that I feel like I have just experienced Christmas in July! I have been faithfully using the newest and greatest product from Anastasia: Line Erasing Serum. It says it all in the name! My results have been superior and one to boast about! My skin is totally concealing the hectic lifestyle I lead and I owe part of that to the line erasing serum by Anastasia!
As I am creeping into my mid-thirties, going to grad school, raising two children (one being pre-adolescent), and being the most perfect wife, mom, student, friend, sister, daughter I can be—I can use all the “line erasing” I can get!
Seriously, I have pretty fair skin—probably the Spanish and Irish in me—and although I tan nicely, I still try to avoid those harmful sunrays. This can be kind of difficult living in beautiful Southern California so I slather on SPF like it’s going out of style to keep my skin looking youthful as possible. Although I take all these precautions—those pesky fine lines are still making a presence around my eyes! I know, probably from all the laughing and smiling I do in my blissful life….right?
Okay, back to reality. I work hard and I am aging every day. Just like we all are. I have no problem whatsoever growing…hmmm, hmmm, older, wiser, and more mature. But I refuse to look my age if I don’t have to! There is no need for drastic measures—just yet—especially when I can discover amazing products that deliver results and are good for my skin.
The Line Erasing Serum is made up of natural hydrators and ingredients that are superb like gogi! I am super picky about textures of skin care products. If it is heavy, sticky, or gooey—I don’t like it! Fortunately the Line Erasing Serum passed my picky test and went on super lightweight and smooth! I naturally tend to be on the drier side and I felt that this product really delivered in the hydrating department—extra bonus. Then the added effects of brightening my skin, smoothing out those pesky fine lines, and making look bright eyed and bushy tailed….no doubt about it—I’m a believer! There is a Santa and Christmas came early!

Monday, June 01, 2009

I heart smelling good!


One of the things that make me feel good and pretty is knowing that I smell good. I usually have at least five different fragrances that I alternate between since I wear perfume EVERYDAY. Even if I am just going grocery shopping I will put some perfume on. Roller balls are my absolute favorite. Their portable and small enough to throw in your makeup bag.

Top of my "favorites" list is still "LUV" by Sharon Bolton Scents: "An intoxicating, ultimately feminine scent of rare pink gardenia, lush Hawaiian white flowers, and a hint of creamy vanilla with a delicate whisper of white musk." I don't know if I will ever find a fragrance that I love more. Although I do need to try out "Dream" from her line...it sounds divine: "A heady concoction of fresh bergamot, white freesia, and mimosa with accords of amber, sandalwood and exotic musk. That's what dreams are made of!"

For mother's day the kids took a trip to Sephora and got me the Juicy Couture roller ball fragrance and the Nanette Lepore roller ball fragrance. I couldn't be happier. I love them both!

The Juicy Couture fragrance notes: Watermelon, Mandarin, Pink Passion Fruit, Marigold, Green Apple, Water Hyacinth, Crushed Leaves, Tuberose Absolute, Wild Rose, Princess Lily, Tuberose, Caramel Créme Brule, Vanilla, Precious Woods, Patchouli.
The Nanette Lepore fragrance notes: Moonstone Rose, White Peach, White Cranberry Juices, Magenta Nectar, Black Currant, Orange Jasmine, Persian Lime Juice, Velvet Violet, Amber, Indian Sandalwood
I cannot forget to mention the other two fragrances taking residence in my purse: Alfred Sung "Always" and "Pretty" by Elizabeth Arden. These both are classic smelling fragrances and smell sooooo good and are very lightweight. They have floral, romantic, sweet notes. Keepers for my "classics" collection.
These days I am finding that I have more roller ball fragrances in my purse then lip gloss! So funny. At least I always smell delightful...even if I am just going to the grocery store.

Do yourself a favor and explore all of these wonderful fragrances. Who says you can't have a different perfume for everyday of the week?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Seriously?!



I can't believe how long it has been since my last post. I have had a stack of intentions and so many products that I have been using that I want to talk about but this grad program is kicking my butt! I don't even know what "free time" is anymore. So now that I am on the total verge of burn out and have four chapter reviews due, a power point presentation due, an essay, and classroom observation due, I have decided to blow it off for a few minutes and write about some products that I have been using lately and am really enjoying!

Where do I begin….okay…it's gotta be about eyebrows today. Since I am short on time but still like to look somewhat put together every day I like to focus on eyes. A couple of weeks ago I went to work without makeup on (which I usually always wear…especially lots of eyeliner since I love smokey eyes) and the kids were like, "Mrs. Fuehrer, are you okay? You aren't wearing any makeup!" Little did they know, I did have mascara and lip gloss on…just no eyeliner! For crying out loud, I don't want to not look like I'm not feeling well just because I don't have a smokey look going on! What do fifth graders know anyway?! It still got me thinking and I decided to show those fifth graders that I'm no one trick pony and I can wear many different looks! So, I have been exposing my new more natural looking eyes lately. I can still look decent and made up with just a few key products!

I needed to clean my eyebrows up. I've been very loyal to Angel at the BeneFit Cosmetics Brow Bar at the Promenade mall in Temecula but I couldn't resist going to the new kiosk that opened up that does eyebrow threading. My sister has done it many times and swears by it. I had to give it a try! So I went, and it was a pretty interesting experience. I think getting my eyebrows waxed is faster and less painful but I have to admit that the threading technique gave me a fantastic shape and really clean and defined lines. I liked it. I've gone back twice now but I'm starting to miss the BeneFit Brow Bar. I'll probably go there next time my brows need some work. Anyway, once your eyebrows are cleaned up and shaped nicely it is easy to maintain and define a beautiful look. I do this by staying loyal to some of my favorite products by Anastasia.


Anastasia has come out with a very clever product that is a 2-n-1. It's an eyebrow pencil on one end and the most fabulous eyebrow gel I have ever used one the other end. So convenient! I love when things are easy, simple, and multipurpose. Instead of having a zillion things in your makeup bag this is an easy way of having two essential products in one! Thank you so much! That's not all that I am happy to talk about from Anastasia….there is also a brand new mascara that is the bomb! My lashes look longer, fuller, and very black! I love that this mascara doesn't cause all my lashes to clump together in a sticky heap. Instead my lashes stay separated and volumized. I also like the fact that when I get watery eyes or remove this mascara my eyeballs don't sting. I hate when that happens!


All I have to say is when it comes to brows and lashes…Anastasia has got it right! There hasn't been a product yet that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed from her company. I have a friend that used to get her brows done by Anastasia herself way back in the day. She is always so impressed when I talk about these amazing products and has to mention how much she enjoyed getting her brows done by her in a little tiny hole-in-the-wall place before Anastasia became the eyebrow guru she is known for today. I love stories like that.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

smooth, glowing, youthful skin...


What's up? Time flies when working, school, kids, sports, etc...seem to take over your life! All is good here on the home front. I am in my eighth week of grad school and coming up to the end of my very first term. It has been a lot of work but very informative in many ways. I am looking forward to getting my special education credential and getting out there with the kids. Once all the school stuff is done I feel I will be very well prepared and ready to teach some kids!

So, last night I was in class and I was having trouble concentrating because of the email that I had received earlier about the grand opening of Sephora in our very own Promenade mall here in Temecula, CA. I am so excited. If I had more time on my hands I would totally want to get a part time job there just to be in the mist of all the glorious products. I had made a mention out loud about how excited I was that Sephora was opening up this week at our mall. And to my surprise a really beautiful classmate of mine (whose makeup always looks good so I assumed she knew a thing or two about cosmetics and of course Sephora) asked, "what's Sephora?" I gasped out loud in disbelief! After I got over my shock of the question we got into a conversation about makeup, of course.
Lately, my conversations surrounding cosmetics has covered the topic of mineral makeup. I haven't always been totally impressed with it. The products I tried never wore well through out the day either making my skin feel shiny or the product would kind of sink into my pores...and that's with wearing a good primer underneath too. Anyway, a couple of months ago I was introduced to more of the Intervene line and also Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 20 by Elizabeth Arden. Right away I incorporated the new Intervene products into my routine. A night time stress recovery moisturizer that makes my face feel like silk and a time fighting radiance serum that glides on so smooth and makes the surface of my skin so soft that I find my self touching my face with the back of my hand just to feel the smoothness. If you haven't tried the Intervene line yet you are really missing out. These products seem to be ahead of there time. Leaving my skin soft, smooth, hydrated, and youthful.

With that foundation of skincare I expect my foundation to look good. Most of the time I just wear a tinted moisturizer and primer but on the days that I am working I feel like I need just a little bit more coverage. I decided to give Elizabeth Arden's mineral foundation with a SPF 20 (BONUS!) a go one morning. I was intrigued by the packaging first of all. You actually grind off the product you will be using by twisting the top part of the compact. I love that and it feels like you are getting a fresh supply every time. Gold star for packaging! Next, I grabbed by Kubuki brush and started buffing on the powder when immediately I had to lean in closer to the mirror. Were my eyes deceiving me or was my skin looking absolutely flawless with such a light layer of mineral powder? I compared my left side of my face where I applied the foundation to the right side of my face where I had none. I was truly shocked and amazed. I've never seen such a difference with hardly any product on. My skin tone was totally even and you wouldn't even be able to tell that I had any makeup on! Kudos! I love this stuff. I wore the product and throughout the day I checked in the mirror periodically to see if I was getting shiny yet or if the foundation wore away or separated. I'm happy to say the foundation was long wearing. I touched up with some sheer powder in the afternoon and that was it.
I can finally say that I believe in mineral foundation. Thank you, Elizabeth Arden for making such a superior product!

Monday, January 26, 2009

my lipstick revival

I feel guilty. I have turned my attention away from what once was an obsession of mine....LIPSTICK. My obsession started in high school. I religiously wore dark berry colored lipsticks in which every morning I would come out of the bathroom and my mother would say, "blot your lips, honey. you don't want to look like you got smacked in the mouth." I laugh now but back then it was so irritating hearing that every morning. I liked my dark lips against my fair skin and big brown eyes. That was the point. I swear, hearing my mom tell me to "blot my lips" everyday will haunt me forever. Even as a grown woman (and being a makeup artist) I still fear that my lipstick is too dark and I give an extra blot just to make sure I don't look like I was "smacked in the mouth!"

So I think once I became a mommy, eleven years ago, I kind of put my dark lipsticks away and started to opt for lighter lip glosses. Slowly a transition was made and before I knew it, I would buy lipsticks that I was attracted to but then kind of put them in the drawer and forget about them. "This is crazy!" I thought to myself. I decided to put my lip glosses on standby and bring lipstick back!

The holidays were a perfect time for me to do this. I like doing "holiday makeup" and nothing goes better than rich berry hues, reds, and warm browns. Even on the days where my eyes were too dramatic (in my opinion) to sport a bold lip too, I opted for a classic nude lipstick.
My foolproof method for applying stay proof lipstick is very simple. I make sure, first of all, that my lips are well conditioned. I personally love rosebud salve to provide a perfect well conditioned lips. Next I like to prime my lips. My favorite product to use is Urban Decay's eyeshadow potion. I know it's for the eyes but I absolutely love it on the lips. Not only does the product provide the most perfect foundation but it also nudes out the lips giving a perfect canvas for any color lipstick I chose to wear. Now I was ready to put on whatever lipstick I would showcase that day!

These have been my choice favorites...

Nars: Roman Holiday...it's a pretty pink that is sweet and innocent.

Clinique: Black Honey...this might be borderline lip gloss but it is a gorgeous dark warm wine colored glossy stain. Oldie but goodie.

MAC cosmetics: "O"...this lipstick has multi colors depending on the color lip liner you wear. It could go red, brown, or burgundy--so awesome! Also, Rocker, makes a great sparkly red lipstick!

Elizabeth Arden: Ruby Pearl....one of the most amazing red lipsticks I have ever had! Absolutely gorgeous. I wore this one often along with another red, Poppy Cream--a totally classic red.




Urban Decay: Midnight Cowboy...this is one of their newest shades. I actually loved this lipstick. It lasted a long time but it was shimmery and emollient like a lip gloss. Best of both worlds. It's a great neutral everyday shade.



Chanel: Vamp...a classic. A gorgeous ultra dark plum-y shade. This shade makes me feel dark and sultry. Seriously, give it a try and see what kind of attitude you take on!

I found the following picture here: blog.modernmechanix.com

So crazy! Will we be so shocked in the future when we find the "vintage" pics of our eyebrow stencils? Food for thought....

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Win! Win! Heavy Metal and 24/7


I wear many hats...and by "hats" I don't mean those things you put on your head. I mean that I fulfill many roles such as wife, mother, sister, daughter, dedicated friend, and student, and I get paid for the roles of substitute teacher, makeup artist, and nutritional cleansing advisor. You might wonder why I am telling you this and what does this have to do with either makeup, skincare, or fragrances. Well, depending on the role I am playing I get to focus on different types of makeup, different colors, and different application techniques. Ahhhhh...now you're following where I'm going!

Basically when I'm not in the classroom or in a traditional setting where I have to behave somewhat modestly and appropriately I choose to have a lot of fun with bold looks with my makeup. Sometimes I love to do a traditional look and maybe jazz it up with a subtle stroke of sparkly glitter on top of my eyeliner or a vibrant punch of colorful fuchsia gloss in the center of my lips. Other times I enjoy being totally bold and colorful with blues and purples and greens or a mixture of different bright colors on my eyes. It's artistic expression and freedom and it keeps me feeling young and spunky!

Urban Decay has been a long time favorite choice of products for me. The Heavy Metal glitter eyeliner from Urban Decay has been an absolute favorite for me. The colors are bright and bold or chic and dazzling and the actual product is high in quality. The gel based liner goes on very easy and dries quickly to a stays-put won't flake off product....and it lasts all day--or night! I've been wearing glitter in or on my makeup for the past fifteen years and will probably die with some time of sparkle on my body. These Heavy Metal liners have never let me down but instead keep on impressing me especially with the latest launch of amazing colors in StageDive (bright green), CatFight (hot pink), Groupie (light pink), and Midnight Cowboy (gold). YEA!!!

If you are really experimental and like to change things up from time to time try layering these Heavy Metal liners over top Urban Decay's 24/7 glide on EyeLiner! This is what I love to do. You can create so many combinations of colors from being subtly sparkly to bold and glittery. The latest colors inspired by the beautiful peacock to join the 24/7 EyeLiner family are: FlipSide (a beautiful shimmery teal blue), UnderGround (a metallic taupe), Grafati (an awesome bright green), and Ransom (a killer purple). These eyeliners on their own STAY PUT! They go on smoothly and dry to a smudge proof and waterproof amazingly long lasting eyeliner. Then, if you are like me, and LOVE to add extra pizazz you can really kick it up a notch with layering with those Heavy Metal glitters. It makes an amazing duo!

These product are one way I can either kick it up a notch when doing my makeup or add a touch of fun to an everyday look. Eyeliner is only one medium that I use. Check back soon and read about the magical cream eyeshadows, the wide range of lipsticks I love to use, and other key products to sparkle and shine and turn ordinary routine makeup to extraordinary!

Monday, January 05, 2009

The FIRST Highlighting Brow Kit to hit the market!!!


Happy New Year my friends! There's nothing like starting the new year with NEW product! It makes me giddy! Especially when I get to introduce the newest most cutting edge product on the market. This time the kudos goes to: ANASTASIA of Beverly Hills. They have revolutionized the market with their brand new Highlighting Brow Kit which is the FIRST baked brow product to hit the market!

I've been testing it out for you and of course it's AMAZING! There is a highlighter trio that is shimmery and natural and also a trio of brow shades so you can mix and match your perfect brow shade. The shadows can be used as is or if you dampen your brush a little you will kick up the effects for a bolder look. Very cool. I love multi-functional products! I also used the dark "brow" shades with a dampened flat angled brush and used the product as an eyeliner. It stayed on and looked natural and flawless all day. I think the 2009 brides are going to go crazy for this product. It's perfect for your wedding day and as a kit to take with you on your honeymoon!

Thanks Anastasia for this multi-dynamic product. The quality is amazing and is priced just right....only $32. You can go out and get yours on January 29th at Sephora! Don't wait. I'm sure this will be one of those products that will be hard to keep in stock.