Friday, April 22, 2011

The Winner of the Sigma E25 Brush is...

The giveaway is now closed and the winner is Psique7 all the way from Spain!! Congratulations!  Make sure you check your email so I can get your contact info!

If you entered but didn't win this time keep trying!  MakeupNotDown will be doing more giveaways.

Love,
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Scoop Post: MAC Flighty Collection

MAC Cosmetics does it again.  They've found a way to make me happy and excited over another collection!  I admit I went into a deep depression *sigh* when I couldn't get my hands on the Candy Yum Yum lipstick from the Quite Cute Collection....booo!  Did I mention my friend Sam and I called every MAC counter and stalked all department store websites for just one stick of it?!  Well, now I've got me eyes on something new. The MAC Flighty Collection will introduce a new type of eye product called Big Bounce Cream Eye Shadows.  Its a creamy mousse that comes in a glass jar resembling MAC's paint pot.  Available May 5th, 2011 in 15 different shades.  More collection details below. 


"Let your imagination take flight with caprice as your only guide. Float into a room with a step lighter than air. Elevate your state of mind with a high-altitude collection of sensually. New spongy watercolour whipped mousse cream shadows in hues that fly higher than gravity’s rainbow. Soar sky-high with a flock of sixteen Free As Air shades that Up the Ante for fresh formula innovation in luminescent washes that build from sheer to medium easily. Eye plumage is playful with four limited edition shades of Zoom Lash Mascara certain to unleash a torrent of Tweets. Birds of a feather flock together – individually with colour uncaged…colour that sings!"


MAC Big Bounce Cream Eye Shadows:
  • Free as Air (light blue)
  • Spread the Wealth (mid-tone olive)
  • Rich, Sweet (chocolate taupe)
  • Extra Charged (turquoise)
  • Count your assets (decadent purple)
  • My next indulgence (forest green)
  • Trophy (soft peach)
  • Rich thrills (mid tone silver)
  • Good Fortune (soft pink)
  • Sizzlin’ Diva (copper)
  • Luxury Touch (violet)
  • Light (cream)
  • Chocolate (gold)
  • Bright (peach)


  • Zoom Lash Mascara
  • 242 Brush
I want to know more about these eye shadows.  Can they be used as a base?  Do you still need an eye primer?  What do you think of the colors?  I got to get my hands on Luxury Torch!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spa Week Extended!!

So Spa Week officially started Monday April 11th and has now ended.  Did you forget to book your appointment?  Dont worry you still have time to take advantage of the 50$ spa treatments.  Some spas have decided to extend this deal until the end of April.  Click here to see the complete list of spas that will be extending their 50$ offerings.  The Salon & Spa at Saks Fifth Avenue has a 50 minute facial at this special price.  Do take advantage! Go ahead...say it with me..Woo-Sah!! 

Thank me later.

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Tinted Moisturizers - Do Your Homework!

Hi dollfaces!!! A few months ago I got a facebook message on my fan page from my friend, former boss, and fellow blogger Erin :).  If you haven't already head on over to her fabulous blog Cha Cha Coconuts ..crazy, funny stories for days!  Anyways back to business...Erin needed a product to replace her current tinted moisturizer.  In order for me to answer her question, I've been experimenting with different tinted moisturizers.  My top four results are below.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer

By far one of my favorite brands of all time.  Especially if you have sensitive skin.  The tinted moisturizer really helps to enhance the appearance of skin by adding moisture, evening out skin tone as well as texture, and allowing the skin to appear most natural.  The coverage is light and dries to a matte finish.  The pump is fantastic and dispenses the perfect amount into your hands.  Comes in six shades and is available from Neutrogena for $10.49.


Physican's Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer 

I like the coverage this products gives.  It also lasts throughout the entire day.  For all my women of color beauty readers..the shades do run a little light.  Just make sure you shake it up so it applies nicely on the skin.  Organic Wear has a pleasant scent to it.  Makes me think of lavendar, citrus, herbs...somewhat of a "clean" smell.  This brand gets an extra bonus because its a GREEN product.  Available for $9.95 from Physcian's Formula.

Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer

Nice light coverage, and you don't need alot of it.  It only takes a small amount for a natural smooth finish.  I liked this because I have oily skin.  I didn't get shiny throughout the day and it left no streaks on my face.  Application is super easy.  You can apply it with your fingers or with a sponge.  Once the TM sets, it leaves the skin with a smooth, semi-matte finish.  Since the coverage is so light, I applied MAC's mineralize powder over top of it.  Overall a good product for all skin types.  Available for $30 in five different shades ( Fair, Light, Luminous, Medium, and Dark) from Sephora.

Cover Girl Smoothers Tinted Moisturizer

This fills in pores, and hides discolorations and imperfections, and makes skin look glowing and healthy.  One of the few TM's that is reasonably priced.  Great product for those who are just starting out with makeup.  Feels more like a gel on the fingers, but applies like a liquid and blends amazingly on the skin.  Weightless, sheer, and has SPF to protect your skin from the sun.  Available for $6 from most drug stores.


Do you prefer tinted moisturizer or foundation?  Like a more natural look to makeup?  I must admit that this is a nice change for me . 

Erin, good luck in finding the right product.  I hope I was able to answer your question!

 
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Review: Sigma E25 Blending Brush and GIVEAWAY!!!

A few weeks ago, Sigma sent me the E25 travel blending brush to review and they were also kind enough to let me do a giveaway for this brush to one lucky reader (Thanks Sigma!) so here goes...  Rules for the giveaway at the end of post :)


Description On Sigma's Website: Oval-shaped brush with gently chiseled sides. Blends and softens the look of powder or cream shadows. Ideal to apply eye shadow primer, base eye shadow colors, and blend harsh lines.


I've been using this brush to blend eyeshadow in the crease. This is also a great brush to blend out cream based eye color like MAC's paint pots or pigments on the lid. 



The E25 is soft and comparable to the MAC 217 brush.  The bristles are extremely gentle on the eye lid and don't fall out after cleaning.

Overall a good quality on the go travel brush, that I'll definitely use more of.  Available from Sigma for only $9.00!  Or free if you win my giveaway!  If you a you're looking to save a bit of money go here and get yourself some good brushes.  Oh and if you order $30 or more worth of products from Sigma Make Up...you get a free gift! :)

So now on to the giveaway rules...

1 Entry:
  • Follow @MakeupNotDown on Twitter
  • Become a fan of Makeup Not Down on my Facebook fan page
  • Follow Makeup Not Down via Google Friend Connect! (found in the left sidebar on my blog)
  • Subscribe via email (found in the left sidebar on my blog)

4 Entries:
  • Retweet (RT) the following message on twitter - Follow @MakeupNotDown and RT to win the Sigma E25 Blending Brush http://bit.ly/eHqbYf 
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook using this link http://bit.ly/eHqbYf
6 Entries:
  • Share this giveaway on your blog.  You must link back to this post and include a direct link to your post announcing the giveaway in your comment.
Don't forget to leave a separate comment for each entry you complete!


Details:
The winner will be contacted via email, and must claim their prize within 5 days.  The giveaway closes April 21st at 12:00PM EST and the winner will be announced by April 22nd 10:00AM EST.  All entries will be entered into an excel spreadsheet and selected via randomizer.org.

Rules:
  • All entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Prizes will be awarded either by Makeup Not Down or by its affiliated merchants in a timely manner.
  • Winners will be notified by e-mail and must respond within 5 days with their valid shipping address, or the prize is forfeit and a new winner will be selected.
  • By accepting a prize, the winner agrees that Makeup Not Down may post his/her name on the blog.
Have you tried Sigma brushes?  If you haven't enter my giveaway for a chance to win!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Body Makeup...For Legs?

Do you remember my scoop post on the MAC Bronze Everyday Collection?  Since summer is almost here I thought I get a head start on my subtle but natural looking glow.  I bought MAC's Skinsheen leg spray (one of the products from the collection) the other day and I'm already in love!  It's a gel based bronzer that you spray on your legs or hands and then apply for an instant sun kissed look!  I tried the medium dark shade (sheer soft tan with golden tan pearl).  This is the first time I've tried a bronzing product and I must say I'm completely happy with it.  More product details below.


As you can see, it sprays like a mousse out of the aerosol can.  It looks kind of thick on the first pump but goes on smooth and evenly. 


I had a big concern that it might break me out (yes I have very sensitive skin) but it doesn't.  At first glance it appears very glossy.  However, skinsheen has a great texture, satin-y and not oily, very light on the skin and is unscented.


After a few minutes the product is fully absorbed into the skin.  It needs to be blended with your hands but the time it takes to dry is practically none!  It doesn't look orangey at all and actually makes your legs look more toned.  ~MND Note: works best on exfoliated skin


No prep work, no carrot hands, and doesn't leave a stain on your clothes!  Oh and I forgot to mention that it's water resistant too!  Not bad for a simple spray on product.

Available now from MAC Cosmetics!
MAC Bronzing 360 Skin Sheen Leg Spray in Medium/Dark – $26.50

I can't wait to put on a sexy, short dress and show off my legs.  This is definitely a must have for the spring and summer.  Do you want and need this product in your life like I do?  Are your legs ready for summer?  This is a really nice product and totally worth every penny.


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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Winner of the Mystery Product Giveaway is....

First, I just want to say thank you to all who took the time to enter the giveaway.  As you can see from the comments alot of people entered.  The giveaway is now closed and the winner is ThoughtsofSouthernGal Congratulations!  Make sure you check your email so I can get your contact info!

If you entered but didn't win this time keep trying!  I have another product giveaway coming up in 2 weeks.

Love,

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