Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thrifty Thursday Number One!

so, as promised, on thursday i've been looking for online deals!  and here are the ones i've found and deemed the most important (or at least the ones that are the least ridiculous):

*free cooler and mini grill with any $30 fragrance purchase
*free Ed Hardy duffle with $75 Ed Hardy men's fragrance purchase
*$3.50 off ANY $10 purchase with code 46544
*free 8 piece sample bag with any $25 purchase
*free top coat with any Nicole Nail purchase
*free top or base coat with any ULTA professional nail lacquer

Sephora -
*Stila eyeshadow palette for $10, no code
*everyday free shipping and 3 samples with every purchase
*Big Beauty Sale is going on - WAY too much to list!

*Sole Revival Kit - 7 products for $20 - includes: volcano foot mask, 2 little feet bath bombs, running to embassy body butter, pied de pepper foot lotion, fair trade foot lotion, and lemony flutter cuticle butter

Sally Beauty -
*free pool bag with 2 Ion Swimmer's full size products (on sale for $7.00 each in the litre size)
*free Seche Perfect with any 2 China Glaze polishes
*all ORLY polishes are $4.99 entire stock!

let me know which ones you use or if you find other deals!  what's the best beauty deal you've ever gotten?  where do you love to shop (and i'll look for deals there!)?

so there you go, ladies!!!  take your beauty deals and go shopping and be gorgeous!!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tuesday's Child - color-eyez

you know, when you look through fashion mags and read stuff online, the majority of the time, you see models with color on their eyes - bright greens, blues, purples, pinks, even oranges and yellows.  but when was the last time you saw a "how to" using those colors?  or the last time you visited a cosmetic counter and had an everyday face put on using metallic purple eyeshadow?  chances are, it wasn't recent.  well, after doing a little thinking and deciding that my life needs a serious color boost, i pulled out my eye palettes.  i have at least 35 eyeshadows, mostly MAC, some Arbonne, and my recent acquirements are Urban Decay.  so i decided to put them to some use tonight to take my mind off things.  so today's Tuesday's Child is eye color.  and by color, i do NOT mean neutrals.

my first eye is in greens:

using MAC bitter as a base color, i used a FaceSecrets eye contour brush (equivalent of a MAC 221 large fluff brush)  to sweep the color on from the crease to the brow.  then, using a MAC 239 eye shader brush, i patted the Urban Decay acid rain from just above the crease to the lash line. and yes, i said just above the crease.  we call it a "cushion" to bring the colors together.

now, when i say i "swept" the color on, i mean literal sweeping motions with the brush.  when i say i "patted" on color, i literally mean pat the color on.  it gives bolder pigment.

okay, so step one:

i realize that they look like the exact same color.  they almost are.  diff is that bitter has a velvet pearl sheen to it and acid rain is a little shinier.  and a slight bit less yellow.

following that, i used a MAC 217 Blending Brush to sweep Urban Decay graffiti into the crease and on the outer corner.

step two:

and with the eye open:

okay.  so we've got our shadow on.  looks a little scary right now, but it's okay.  it'll be gorgeous, promise.  we need liner.  i grabbed my  MAC PowerPoint liner in Tealo and lined just the outside corner about 1/3 of the way in on bottom and top.

next, i went back with a MAC 263 Small Angle Brush and used MAC humid as a shadow liner.  dot the brush in the shadow, then use small, firm pats with the angled edge of the brush up in the lash line.

then, of course, comes mascara.  y'all.  don't EVER skimp on mascara.  it closes in the color and keeps it from looking like it's all over your face.  it's NOT hard to apply and any eye make up remover will take it off, as will baby oil.  my personal fave is BeneFit BADgal lash mascara in black.  and finally, finally, your brows.  you can tell by looking at mine that i have plenty of brow there.  and i actually have a text book shape brow, thanks to years of happy plucking and trimming and shaping (and a minor case of trichotillomania).  however.  just because i have brows doesn't mean i pluck the uni and let it go.  i use just a bit of shadow (MAC embark for my dark brows) with a slightly fluffy angled brush - i bought mine at Sally Beauty a hundred years ago and it has a mascara-wand type brush on the opposite end.  i assume it's a brow brush, but that's what i use it for.  anyway.  i brush some shadow very lightly into my brows and comb through with the mascara type wand.  boom.  gorgeous brows.  and don't ever think that just because you have brooke shields' eyebrows that you can go without touch ups.  it's the frame.  the finish.  the closer.  trust me.

and see?  green isn't scary at all!!!

sooo...what about blue?  what?  1969 called?  no, no.  not THAT blue.  and not the remix from 1987, either.  check it out:

same exact technique as the green.  i'll label the pix with the color names again, but lay off the how-to talk.  i think i used the colors i listed.  i'm not so sure about the shimmermoss.  if anybody thinks they know for sure, please let me know!  it may be a discontinued color and i've lost my palette list.

definitely not 1969 or 1987 scary, is it?  

the fabulous part is that color can be so much fun!!!  these are simple ideas.  keeping a color family together.  wait til i get my color wheel out.  pinks and yellows.  oranges and purples.  blues and coppers. greens and golds.  the possibilities are endless.  

so.  now to you -

what's your favorite eye shadow?  brand, color?  what's your favorite color combination for eyes?  have a tip or a trend you want me to try?  comment and let me know!!!  and as always - 

go try it and go be gorgeous!!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Winning Wednesday!!!

I'm gonna squeeze my Wednesday blog in just before midnight to make it count!

So, I know I haven't been great about updating, but I promise to get better.  And to prove it, I'm going to hold a blog contest!!!

Here's the deal.  I am offering your choice of a prize!!  The options are:
*a brand new, in the box Arbonne Intelligence Exfoliating Masque with Thermal Fusion
*a brand new (meaning I've never used it) Lancome Colour Focus Palette 4 Ombres in Enchanted Forest  (this is a quad of eyeshadows - it's been discontinued, and I only have one of the three applicators, but the shadows have not been touched.)  Picture:

Here's the kicker - I have, like, NO followers for this blog.  That's just sad.  I know, I know...if I would actually blog on here occasionally, I might have people who read it.  I'm getting there.  But, to help get people interested, here's what I'm gonna do.  Between now and next Wednesday - that's June 16 at midnight CST - if we can get my blog up to at least thirty public followers, I'll send one of them a prize.  And I'm gonna give you multiple ways to win.  Check it:

1 - Leave a comment with your email address!
2 - Publicly follow The Color of Gorgeous, then comment and tell me!
3 - Become a Facebook Fan, then comment here and tell me!
4 - Share the blog on Facebook, then - you guessed it - comment and tell me!
5 - Comment and tell me which product you want and why!!!

So you've got FIVE chances to win something fabulous and you get your choice of what you win!!  Does it get more fabulous?  I think not.

Okay, so to recap.  I'm offering two fabulous products as giveaways.  All you have to do is enter!  Remember, the contest is over Wednesday, June 16 at midnight, CST.  Again, it will only happen if I have 30 followers or more by that time, regardless of the number of entries.  Winner will be notified by email.  Questions?  Comment them.  Your comment will be deleted and will not be counted in the final drawing.  Winner will be chosen by a random number generator.

Now, go be GORGEOUS!!!