Style Saturday: glam Cookie Lee accessories

My love of costume jewelry is firmly documented. I have so much of it that I have run out of places to store it in my tiny little house. But that won’t stop me from buying more – you need just the right thing for each outfit, right?

Jewelry also makes great gifts. Honestly, I don’t know very many women who wouldn’t love a little something in the form of jewelry. A necklace, a bracelet, some fancy earrings. Even a great cocktail ring. I love a good cocktail ring.

I’m not loyal enough to anyone to have a favorite brand – I’ll buy and wear anything no matter where it’s from if I think it works. But when it comes to gift-giving, I’m a little more particular. Cookie Lee has become one of my go-to brands when I’m buying for someone else. The quality is superior and returns are easy, especially if you have a local rep near  you.
Favorite Cookie Lee costume jewelry designs

Sparkling Lights Bib Necklace, $36
Glitz and Stones Metallic Bracelet, $38
Heirloom Black Diamond Ring, $28
Black Diamond Teardrop Earrings, $28
Crystal Gazing Macrame Bracelet, $28
Mesmerizing Earrings, $20
Shades of Glam Mood Ring, $20
Charming Mixed Metal Bangle, $22
Camo In Motion Hematite Necklace, $36
Double The Shine Embellished Wrap Bracelet, $32

Check out the Holiday Look Book up on Cookie Lee now.

Weekly Eye: Neutrogena romantic eye look

Smoky Eye Friday is no more. Oh, I love a smoky eye and no doubt will continue to do a ton of them for you, but it’s so limiting to only have one way to create a look! So nothing has really changed, just a new name for an old series.

I have another eye look from Neutrogena today, the Romantic eye look by Amy Oresman, using their new Nourishing Long Wear Eyeshadow + Built In Primer quads in Classic Nude, along with their amazing Crease-Proof Eyeshadow in Lasting Taupe. I really love this look, and it’s easier to do than you might think.

How to Re-create Neutrogena’s Romantic Eye Look

Start with Crease Proof Eyeshadow in Lasting Taupe over the entire lid and crease. Blend in. This makes a solid primer, and helps powders from creasing.
Load an angled shader brush and pat on the second shadow in the Classic Nude palette. Blend well into the crease.
Using a domed shader or a large fluffy shader brush, brush on the third shadow (second darkest of the palette) into the crease all the way across the eye. Over exaggerate this shade, making sure you go a bit above the crease. This is a buildable shade, so you can make this as dark or as light as you want it.
Using the fourth shade (the darkest) create a v-shape on the outer portion of the eye. Blend this in well with a blending brush.
Go back to your third shadow and blend more color above the v-shape on the eye. Make sure to blend this in with the dark shade.
Go back and forth on those two shades until you have the darkness that you want.
Using the lightest shade (the first shade in the palette) and an angled blender brush, highlight the area above the half moon crescent […]

Products for your very first makeup bag

My daughter has always been interested in makeup. I suppose that comes from being surrounded by my stuff all the time – my office is crammed full of various makeup products, pictures, and tags from Fashion Week. She has two bins of hair products, one bin of foundations and powders, one bin of eye shadows, one bin of skin care, and so on and so forth.

But this holiday season, I’m wanting to put together a nice kit for her to have in her room. A small mirror and a bag of her own for her desk, since she doesn’t use it for anything like studying or reading (that’s all done on the couch for some reason). It was fun putting together products for her, and next I’ll be working on finding the perfect makeup bag. But for now, let’s focus on what’s inside.

I broke the products up into two categories: normal skin and problem skin. My daughter has inherited my problem skin, which means she will always have to stay on top of it so she doesn’t break out, but she will be thankful at my age when she looks younger than her age. The other category is normal skin, which doesn’t mean that it’s perfect, just that they don’t need to worry AS MUCH about non-comedogenic products.
Makeup For Beginners


Wet ‘n Wild Cover All Liquid Concealer Wand: this is a great creamy formula without being too thick like your average lipstick-style concealer bullets. The lighter formula makes it easier to blend and avoids any cake-y look.
Maybelline New York Dream Wonder Foundation: this is so light and easy to blend that any level of makeup wearer would be able to create a flawless finish.
e.l.f. Studio Translucent Mattifying Powder: this light powder will set makeup as well as create a matte […]

Correcting uneven skin tone with Dermalogica

Soon you will get tired of me going on about my uneven skin tone. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed little spots of sun damage along with weird red patches. I’m forever working with serums, CC creams, and different colored concealer to hide the problem, if I wasn’t able to fix it. But for the first time, I’ve had a chance to use a complete system to help correct my uneven skin tone: PowerBright trx by Dermalogica.

I was first introduced to the system at The Makeup Show – Dallas. The rep explained how it all worked, and we were able to test out the textures.

There are three products in the system: a serum, a day moisturizer, and a night cream. Each includes ingredients to help combat the weird skin spots that I’m discovering all over my face.

The serum, called C-12 Pure Bright Serum ($90), is a very lightweight serum that contains an exclusive blend of Oligopeptides, plus Rice-derived Phytic Acid, antioxidant Zinc Glycinate, and Red and Brown Algae. It absorbs quickly, although you will want to give it a few minutes before moving on to the next step. After washing with a cleanser, I would apply the C-12 Pure Bright Serum, then apply my eye cream while I waited for it to absorb into my skin.

If it was morning, the next step was the Pure Light SPF50 ($60). This thin lotion contains a great sunblock that is perfect for all year. I often have problems with sunscreens, because they can clog pores and break me out in ugly ways. I didn’t have a single problem with this lotion, however, and as a bonus it contains hyaluronic acid, one of my favorite skin care ingredients. Hyaluronic acid is a superior moisturizer that can hold up to 1000 times it’s weight in […]

Top Ten Tuesday: favorite nail polish glitter shades

I’ve said it a million times – I absolutely love glitter nail polish, and would probably wear some form of it all the time, but it is SO HARD to get it off. I’m waiting for some new product to come along and make it all so much easier. Until then, I’ll do it my normal way – taking a cotton pad soaked in acetone nail polish remover, putting it against my nail, and then wrapping some aluminum foil over each finger, so that I look like something out of a bad horror movie. Usually five minutes with that set up, and I’m good. Wipe, and throw it all away.

But that’s not what we’re here to talk about. Today my fellow bloggers and I are sharing our top ten favorite glitter nail polish shades. This is only about a third of my collection, so I had to look deep inside my soul to pick out my favorites. Here is what I came up with.

Top Ten Glitter Nail Polish Shades

Vintage Confetti by Sally Hansen: this is keeping on trend with my current rose gold obsession
Fire Spring by Rainbow Honey: this is such a pretty fall micro-glitter
Lavishly Lilac by Maybelline: this was part of the brocades collection
Luxe and Lush by China Glaze: this is a clear top coat with holographic flakes from the Capital collection
Nutty Hat Guy by Matisse Elite: this came out when Alice and Wonderland was enjoying a resurgence
Creative Control by Wet ‘n Wild: part of the Mega Rocks collection – I think I just love the color
Cha-Ching by Sally Hansen: this is one of the Gem Crush polishes which are really awesome glitters
Stroke of Brilliance by Essie: another top coat enhancer, part of the luxeffects collection
Hollywood Walk of Fame by Wet ‘n Wild: this star glitter is part […]