Guest Post – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com A beauty blog blooming with fresh makeup reviews, swatches and beauty tips from your friendly neighborhood beauty addict Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:04:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-makeupandbeautyblog-amp-site-icon-v3-2016-32x32.jpg Guest Post – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com 32 32 The Best in Beauty From the Boot: The GIVEAWAY Edition! ($148 Value) http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/just-for-fun/italian-makeup-giveaway/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/just-for-fun/italian-makeup-giveaway/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:27:16 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=201593 The Best in Beauty From the Boot: The GIVEAWAY Edition! ($148 Value) .author-callout { margin-top:2em;border-top: 0.3125em solid #F52465; } .author-callout p { padding:0; } .author-callout-text { margin:0 0 0 30%;padding:1em 0 0 0; } .author-callout-text h3, .author-callout-text h3 a, .author-callout-text br { margin:0; padding:0;line-height:0; } .author-bio-thumbnail { float:left;padding:1em;width:150px;height:150px; }

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The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Becky! (@beekeyperuk). You’re the lucky makeup lover. 🙂 Enjoy your prize.

If you thought that Italians were only good at making cars that cost more than houses, drool-inducing food, shoes, colosseums, towers, and thousand-year-old churches…

Well, I hope my Best in Beauty From the Boot series here on Makeup and Beauty Blog during Karen’s maternity leave showed you that we may also know a thing or two about makeup.

It’s forming neat and tidy queues (there are literally no queues in Italy; just messy groups of people ruled by “survival of the fittest,” LOL), yielding the right-of-way to vehicles or pedestrians, and parking within the lines that we struggle with, and I guess you can blame that on our national artistic soul. I mean, artists do have a reputation for not conforming to rules, right? No one’s perfect. 🙂

But let’s focus on the good things that my country has to offer (always focus on the good!).

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How Important Is Makeup Packaging to You? http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/just-for-fun/important-makeup-packaging/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/just-for-fun/important-makeup-packaging/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:57:59 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=201002 How Important Is Makeup Packaging to You? .author-callout { margin-top:2em;border-top: 0.3125em solid #F52465; } .author-callout p { padding:0; } .author-callout-text { margin:0 0 0 30%;padding:1em 0 0 0; } .author-callout-text h3, .author-callout-text h3 a, .author-callout-text br { margin:0; padding:0;line-height:0; } .author-bio-thumbnail { float:left;padding:1em;width:150px;height:150px; }

Well, to me, makeup packaging is very important.

Because makeup isn’t just about the way I look after I’ve made up my face. For me, more importantly, it’s about the overall experience and how much I enjoy putting it on.

I mean, it’s like when I go to a restaurant where the food is presented in a creatively appealing way. To begin with, the food they serve has to be good, but the way it’s presented definitely adds to the culinary experience.

(Speaking of which, if you ever come to Bologna, make sure you go to Casa Monica and La Taverna del Farneto, my favorite restaurants in the area. Amazing food, outstanding service and a relaxed atmosphere — a perfect combination, if you ask me!)

Same goes for makeup. The products have to be good, but if they also come in beautiful packaging, it makes the experience more enjoyable.

That being said, some pretty packaging costs a lot, so I think it’s great that there are also good quality products that come in plain, inexpensive packaging and retail for less than the cost of a kale smoothie.

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An Ode to NARS http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/an-ode-to-nars/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/an-ode-to-nars/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:00:53 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=201202 An Ode to NARS .author-callout { margin-top:2em;border-top: 0.3125em solid #F52465; } .author-callout p { padding:0; } .author-callout-text { margin:0 0 0 30%;padding:1em 0 0 0; } .author-callout-text h3, .author-callout-text h3 a, .author-callout-text br { margin:0; padding:0;line-height:0; } .author-bio-thumbnail { float:left;padding:1em;width:150px;height:150px; }

Yesterday I played the lottery for the first time in my life.

And just like I think everyone does when playing the lottery, I started fantasizing about what I would buy if I won €100,000,000…

You know what the first thing that popped into my head was?

Nope, it wasn’t a big house in the hills or a round-the-world getaway (although those would be nice).

It was the entire NARS makeup collection!

Can you imagine that? Hundreds and hundreds of those sleek, rubberized cases and tubes (side note: you can easily clean them up with duo-phase makeup remover).

AHHHH!

But anyways, I didn’t win…

And since they say that to be happy in life you should focus on the good things you have rather than the things you don’t have, today I decided to focus on the products in my NARS stash that bring me happiness on a daily basis!

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A Quick Modern Pin-Up Look With Glo Minerals http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/face-of-the-day-fotd/modern-pin-look-glo-minerals/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/face-of-the-day-fotd/modern-pin-look-glo-minerals/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2016 22:30:48 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=201161 A Quick Modern Pin-Up Look With Glo Minerals .author-callout { margin-top:2em;border-top: 0.3125em solid #F52465; } .author-callout p { padding:0; } .author-callout-text { margin:0 0 0 30%;padding:1em 0 0 0; } .author-callout-text h3, .author-callout-text h3 a, .author-callout-text br { margin:0; padding:0;line-height:0; } .author-bio-thumbnail { float:left;padding:1em;width:150px;height:150px; }

I gotta say that this Glo Minerals neutral eyeshadow palette and cream blush are sooo good! I mean, the blush is crazy pigmented, and the eyeshadows are smooth and silky.

After trying the Glo Minerals lip crayons a couple of months ago, I’d been dying to try more from the brand. So I did!

This neutral eyeshadow palette and vibrant lipstick made me think of a modern-day pin-up look, so for this makeup look I kept the eyes pretty neutral and added some punch with the coral blush (Go Minerals Guava) and red/orange lip (Glo Minerals Crush).

The Glo Minerals Elemental Eye Collection palette ($44) is the second neutral eyeshadow palette I’ve used and recently reviewed (my thoughts on the other one, this palette by Buxom, are here), and I really like it!

The darker shades mean that you can totally do a super smokey eye with it, but the shimmery eyeshadows are easy to apply for quick washes of color, and there are four warm-toned shades and four cool-toned shades, so it’s very versatile.

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Three Wallet-Friendly Products From Umberto Beverly Hills That Protect, Tame and Add Glorious Shine! http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/umberto-beverly-hills-shimmer-shine-spray-review/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/umberto-beverly-hills-shimmer-shine-spray-review/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:27:46 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=201273 Three Wallet-Friendly Products From Umberto Beverly Hills That Protect, Tame and Add Glorious Shine! .author-callout { margin-top:2em;border-top: 0.3125em solid #F52465; } .author-callout p { padding:0; } .author-callout-text { margin:0 0 0 30%;padding:1em 0 0 0; } .author-callout-text h3, .author-callout-text h3 a, .author-callout-text br { margin:0; padding:0;line-height:0; } .author-bio-thumbnail { float:left;padding:1em;width:150px;height:150px; }

NYC summer is in full swing, and it is HOT.

When it’s breazy, it’s bearable, but when it’s not…it’s awful, y’all. I have to wash my hair every day, which is not how I normally like to roll.

When it’s hot like this, my best buddy is dry shampoo, but I’ve also been on the lookout lately for something to add extra texture and shine.

So, as a self-proclaimed greaseball, whenever I’m contemplating a new hair (or skin) product that’s supposed to add shine, I tread very carefully (some shine is good, but some shine is not).

I had such a good experience with Umberto Beverly Hills Lifting Powder recently that I decided to give some of their other products a try, including their $10 Shimmer Shine Spray, Controller Conditioning Spray and Regular Hairspray.

Umberto Savone is a popular stylist and salon owner over in Beverly Hills, and his line of products is exclusive to his salons and Target.

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