Saturday, December 31, 2011

NYE Purples! Ft. Glamor Doll Eyes && Urban Decay

Friday, December 30, 2011

Finding Beauty in the Breakdown

It's no secret that our Economy has been anything but rocksteady since circa 2007; back then I was oblivious to say the least. I was one year away from graduating college, I spent my weekends at fancy downtown restaurants and handbag shopping at the newest boutiques on 1st & Pine. I thought nothing of taking expensive weekend trips with my then-fiance "just because", and then suddenly, one day while at the Chanel counter in Macy's the woman ringing me up looked at me and quietly whispered "I'm sorry...you're card didn't go through".
My heart sank. My stomach churned and I could feel my face get red hot with confusion and embarrassment. My first thoughts were to call my mom and have her send another credit card or fix this problem for me so I could happily continue on my way with my several bags full of Chanel. It didn't turn out that way - that was the day I realized that our economy's debt was no joke.

(For those anxiously on the edge of your seats wondering "So what happened to all of that Chanel?!?!?" it turned out I was only $49 over my limit, so I put back 2 lip glosses much to my dismay.).

Fashion and beauty trends are anything but trite, they are part of history. They define us as a people and tell long tales about who we were and what we lived like. History incrusted in fine silks of the ages, bejeweled with sanctity of what it meant to be human many, many years ago. It is just as much a part of history as anything else. It's how we know what Martha Washington sewed our nation's flag out of; its how we knew the differences of class statuses in ancient cultures, it's how we knew what great Queens and First Ladies alike wore to dinners.
Or best yet, how to improve upon anything and everything - how to get beautiful ideas from the charcoal makeup of the Vaudeville Era, how to lead a movement as women wearing pants (pants!), how to keep our skin looking young so that we may feel beautiful for as long as we can (with all that we as women have to do, go through, and take on in life).

It's not surprising that in a time of great economic downfall women all over are still steadily purchasing clothes and beauty supplies with the same burning fever - if not hotter - than ever before. It's not "silly spending", but rather a way to see the beauty through the breakdown. While we have enough to bear upon our shoulders (that which cannot simple be "brushed off"), is it really too much to ask that those shoulders are moisturized daily? Or that smile that we have to keep strong in front of our kids so that THEY do not have fear of a future - can our lips not be nicely glossed?

And what is even greater is that so many women & designers have used this time to shine through - be it via vintage shops from Brooklyn to Seattle or on the sexy and sleek catwalks of Paris - women everywhere are boasting beauty, glam, and all that glitters. They are finding new ways to reinvent old shirts, skirts, blouses, and more - finally designers are saying FUCK MINIMALISM! SHINE! SHINE! SHINE! If not now, when? What are we to do? Wear beige everyday of our baby burping, career obtaining, man pleasing lives?
Heck no.

Take the longest walk of your life in a pair of shoes that make you feel like a goddess. Sweat out the stress at Yoga in your cutest yoga pants. Invest in a very fine Michael Kors watch as part of your uniform as a Nurse, LVT, MD, or DVM. Don't splurge unnecessarily, take care of that which is key first...but in that equation, don't forget YOU. Don't ever, ever forget YOU.

I think it's a beautiful thing, ladies. So after you read this promise me that you will look through YOUR closet, YOUR makeup and find ONE item that ScReAmS Glam! And that you WILL wear it...proudly. And not just on New Year's Eve.

We are in a time of economic crisis. Times are hard. How many times are we going to say it before we begin to get up, slap on some gloss, comb our hair, and stop making excuses to feel amazing?

Kisses, hugs, and sticking it to the deficit,
CrystalSeattleTv

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

How to clear up occasional acne FAST! (TOOTHPASTE!)


What is one thing that I HATE more than anything in the entire world?? Ok...hate is a super strong word, but lets get real ladies - ACNE. Those annoying last minute pop up zits that occur right about when you have an important event/date/lecture/meeting/etc. and they're red and/or quite obviously in the middle of for chin or forehead. You can't cover them with hair for fear of the oils increasing zit population, you can't just snap your fingers and wish them away...so what do you do?

I have good skin, and it's something I am proud of as I have always taken care of my skin. SKIN is your LARGEST ORGAN...did you know that? So if you treat it well, you will feel & look fabulous. But that isn't always the case - genetics & hormones play a role in our little skin issues every now & then...like with me: I have never had acne - I have had a dermatologist since I hit puberty, and I eat right, drink crazy amounts of water daily, and clean my face twice daily using products tailored to my skin exactly - yet I DO break out - once a month...Im sure you can guess what I'm saying.

PMS - my arch nemesis! It's never one week before or 72 hours before, no...for me, it TWO WEEKS OF PMS, during which I have to really baby my skin. Yet without fail, the ugly, nasty little things still arrive. About 4 days ago I noticed 2 were beginning to show on my chin...then one on my forehead (which is really odd as my chin is usually the preferred vacation destination for zits on me). So I began to worry, which didn't help (Stress = break outs).

By day 4 my skin is once again clear:

- PEPSODENT - yes TOOTHPASTE! I know so so so many people - moms, professionals, friends - will say to never use toothpaste on acne, and I agree - if you have CLINICAL ACNE then absolutely do NOT use this method. You really need to seek medical advice from a dermatologist as there is an underlying cause. But for those of us who have that occasional zit "here & there", pepsodent works magic and reduces redness & size by 75% in 24 hours.

Toothpaste is mostly BAKING SODA which is a BASE (remember acids & basis from high school/college?), and bases will denature (or permeate & destroy) lipids (fats) - much of the bacteria which cause the occasional breakout has a semi-permeable fatty membrane which baking soda (toothpaste) will destroy the bacteria's membrane causing the zit to weep and dry up, reducing its' awfulness. (As I have mentioned before - you ladies know my college degree is in medicine and my minor is pharmacology so I have to equate everything to jargon But it really helps when Im choosing products/routines!)

I swear by toothpaste ladies, its no joke. I find that PEPSODENT works the best (I hear you can buy it at The Dollar Tree for...wait for it...ONE DOLLAR!).



Believe me, there is NOTHING WORSE than that surprise acne, so next time one of those nasty ugly red monsters decides to vaca on your face, clean 'em up !

xoxo Crystal

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

7 Days Away!!! I am particularly excited for this Christmas, not just because of the gifts & the food & all of the glitz that goes along with it - but because of the traditions I have created in the 9 years of living on my own, 3,000 miles away from where I grew up. Seattle has offered me the most magical and beautiful life that anyone could have ever imagined! Part of why I am so thankful is because Seattle's loving and wholesome environment has encouraged me to open my heart and give back to those who inspire me.

You ladies are doing a GREAT job at telling me what you want this Holiday Season && I have already shipped out a few surprises :-) If I ask you for your address....be sure I get it ;-)

If you are still stumped on what you get for your sister, aunt, cousin, best friend, or for yourself, check out the following companies that I buy from CONSTANTLY & that I support and am an affiliate for (HELP ME OUT!!! USE MY LINKS!):

Sigma Brushes
http://www.sigmabeauty.com/?Click=116645

Glamour Doll Eyes (Pigments, Lip Fiends, && MORE!
http://glamourdolleyes.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=88&zenid=72e7837d34df8ae4972889b7d076836d

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Smashbox Brow Tech & Cream Liner Palette Review

Chanel Spotlight: Metiers d'art

Chanel's Metiers d'art Show -

Guests were absolutely stunned with visions of deep and dramatic Indian-inspired scenes; a delightful and decadent sensory overload of culture meeting high fashion. Sophisticated and alluring spins of Parisian interpretations of classic Indian threads, this was a night to surely be recounted for years to come. Even the set was brilliantly thought out and designed not missing a single detail. A fun pairing of silk saris and tweed, rich blacks and pops of pink here and there graced the catwalk - accessories were incorporated into many of the pieces - small purses with texture and ironic shape - but rightfully so. Strings of pearls were seen being worn as belts and the traditional headpieces are worn.

The catwalk was quite beautiful - very white with long and elegant banquet tables lining each runway; beautifully lit and eloquent.

The makeup was impeccable as one would suspect, after all we are talking CHANEL. Beautiful black shadows and deep cat eyes - nothing less than perfect. Skin was natural, matte, and natural lips.

This was defiantly a show to remember.



Monday, December 5, 2011

Laryngitis Sucks

Update: I have SO MANY videos to film but guess what!?! I HAVE LARYNGITIS!!!

The extent of my voice is a whisper...its THAT bad.

So Im going to be blogging quite a bit until my voice is back as I truly need a clear voice for certain upcoming sponsored reviews.

I hope you all understand!!! Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hot Beauty News!

Today is the day for awesome beauty releases! From the cult classic company, Urban Decay, to the indie favorite, Glamour Doll Eyes! Here's what's going on today - December 1st 2011 - in the Beauty World...

THE NAKED 2 PALETTE ($50)
- Urban Decay's long-awaited sequel to their hit single, Naked, is on early release today at www.urbandecay.com with only 5,000 palettes available until NEXT WEEK! You also receive an AMAZING dual Good Karma Cruelty-Free brush (shader/blender) and a deluxe lipgloss with each palette purchase. If THAT'S not enough to make your heart skip a beat, you get FREE SHIPPING!!!!!!! (With orders of $35+)

MAC Viva Glam & MAC AIDs Fund
- In a global effort to rid the population of AIDs, MAC Cosmetics is doing their part by MAC AIDS FUND - this is especially beautiful for a such a huge glam company to do. As a volunteer myself with Northwest AIDS Alliance, I can attest that it is no easy task taking on the stigmas and heartache that come along with fighting the good fight and trying to educate the masses, yet MAC Cosmetics shines brightly with http://www.macaidsfund.org/ and their Viva Glam series. So please, head to purchase from the collection and do your part!

Glamour Doll Eyes
- My all time favorite indie cosmetics line is at it again with their HOLIDAY COLLECTIONS being released today! If you recall to about 2 weeks ago, GDE released their immensely popular "Circus Collection" - a dazzling and thrilling conjuncture of fiery lights, aqua mermaids, big top yellows, and more! The Glamour Doll Eyes Holiday Collection consists of two sets of 4 loose shadows
- HOLIDAY SET 1: Snow Berry (a gorgeous cranberry red with silver shimmer), Snow Globe (a brilliant white with bluish aqua glitter), Gingerbread Girl (a warm, mid tone brown with brown sparkle), and Champagne Kiss (a light gold with silver accents).
- Holiday Set 2: Overslept (a deepened olive green/black with red & gold sparkle), Midnight Light Snow (a rich black with red & green sparkle), December 26th (a salute to National Candy Cane Day - this is a pinkish red with lots of kick!), and Tinsel Fight (the only EYE LIGHT of the two sets, a gorgeous explosion of silver sparkle laced with reds & greens).

They have also released their newest lip glosses - LIP FIENDS! 9 sexy, sultry, and shiny glosses that are assure to make anyone's mistletoe melt!

TO ORDER GLAMOUR DOLL EYES OR CHECK THEM OUT - SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF PAGE AND CLICK THE PIC!

Stila Cosmetics 19 Days of Giving
- Stila Cosmetics is announcing today their 19 Days of Giving, an awesome event that gives each purchase a little extra. They are also releasing their SPRING 2012 PALETTE "IN THE GARDEN" - yep !!! You read it correctly! Its a genius idea, get a head start this spring with these beautiful colors! You also get a FREE PRIME POT (dx sz)!

Sigma Beauty
- Sigma Beauty has been churning out kits and collections all through November - I intend on making a video of their newest kits, but for now you need to check out their CITIES BRUSH SETS and their MAKE ME UP TRAVEL COLLECTION kits - with prices that are unbeatable this time of year and quality that is unsurpassed, Sigma is the way to go for Brushes this Holiday Season! Whether you are starting out in makeup or are an MUA, you won't want to miss these great gift ideas!
TO BUY: CLICK THE SIGMA PICTURE TO YOUR RIGHT OF TEH SCREEN!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NAKED 2

December 1st BIG NEWS is coming...as if the first Naked Palette isn't amazing enough, Urban Decay is doing it again. I can only speculate on it for now, but I will be keeping you up to date with minute by minute news! Im hoping to see a nice even mixture of matts & shimmers in the second generation palette - not because I adore matts (you ladies KNOW I love my shimmer!), but because the main issue I found when reviewing The Naked Palette is the fact that it wasn't truly universal - People with hooded eyes, mature skin, or those who can't really wear shimmer at work or school couldn't fully enjoy this palette. Maybe even 4 matts would be brilliant in N2.

Along with The Naked Palette becoming an enormous cult favorite among MUAs and Beauty Lovers alike, Urban Decay has dedicated an entire link to the Nakedness boasting lip colors and even the Midnight Emergency Kit. I see no issue with this - I love how UD takes on the hum drum of neutrals and turns them NaKeD!

So what are YOU hoping to see in the Naked 2? Leave a comment!



Monday, November 28, 2011

Delicious Sweets & Buxom Blossoms hit Japanese runways

Check this out! Im not hatin' in it!



CYBER MONDAY!! Sigma! Glamour Doll Eyes! Lime Crime!

Hey beauties! Today is the much awaited day - CYBER MONDAY! I could really use your help this year - PRETTY PLEASE if you decide to shop SIGMA, GLAMOUR DOLL EYES, or LIME CRIME COSMETICS use the below links! Just click on the picture and it will take you to the page! I stand behind these 3 companies 110% and am a consumer of all three myself!

Glamour Doll Eyes is having 20% off purchases of $15 or more!

Sigma has several new brush sets out including the long awaited CITY COLLECTIONS!

&& Lime Crime has 3 LIMITED EDITION Lipstick Noirs that you can't miss!

Im trying hard to get some awesome giveaways for you from these companies, but I need to see your support first. Thank you all so much <3




Sunday, November 27, 2011

Social Networking, Anyone?

Good evening ladies!! I found it about time that I created some other means of connecting with my favorite ladies in the world - ALL OF YOU! While I know many of you have found me on my personal Facebook (I use it primarily for colleagues, keeping in touch with my old high school friends, old college friends, and family), I thought it would be really fun to Tweet with you too!

SO follow me on TWITTER so I can follow you back!

https://twitter.com/#!/crystalseatv

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Purple is the new Black

A few days ago a friend of mine from high school who is now a brilliant Registered Nurse contacted me and asked if I had any suggestions or tips for how to wear her usual favorite purple shades on her eyes and any other tips for a work-appropriate look that stays fresh and beautiful all day long!

Face:
Skin is our largest organ, and our face is the first thing that clients will see,drinking lots of water, eating right, and lots of sleep are all great factors in skin care. As an LVT I know just how crucial it is to not only have a professional attitude but also that my clients see me as someone they can trust, someone who is professional. Having a clean and awakened face is the first step.

- Use a pore restricting cleanser!

- Moisturize with a gel (Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel) that is great for oily or combo skin, especially during a labor intensive job where perspiration is inevitable.

- PRIMER - a great investment - even if you decide to skip foundation, a primer will keep a barrier between your skin and outside factors. Or if you do use foundation, the primer keeps your skin protected. I use several different primers, but the one I recommend for gals on the go is Laura Geller *Spackel*.

- FOUNDATION - Shannon expressed that she only wears foundation underneath her eyes and that it can irritate her face, I think this may not be a foundation issue so much as a brand issue. I think that if nothing else, INVEST IN A GOOD, HIGH QUALITY FOUNDATION. A "One Step" is a great idea - this will have primer in it already! Try: STILLA'S ONE STEP or HARD CANDY's JUST FACE IT.

- Concealer: THINK BRIGHT NOT LIGHT! Underneath the eyes will be a great addition to making your face appear awake and refreshed. A great and inexpensive choice is REVLON AGE DEFYING UNDER EYE CONCEALER - it helps constrict capillaries and decrease puffiness.

- POWDER FOUNDATION - this is a great option if you are prone to break outs - this will also help your face stay fresh and absorb oil. LAURA GELLER BALANCE-N-BRIGHTEN is my 1st choice!


EYES:
Shannon loves her purples, she also loves looking professional - lucky for her there's a great way to do both! Here is the rundown of how eyes should be done:

- First apply your eyeshadow primer - eyeshadow should NEVER be worn without it, otherwise your shadow will crease and fade making you appear tired and unkempt.

- Now choose a light flesh toned or goldish white color to place on your brow bone. A light application will do. Also place this color right in the corner of your eye (tear duct) - this will make your eyes look fresh, awake, and ready!

- Next choose your primary purple, I like NARS purple in the Bysance Duo && Medussa'a "Electro Purple" - this color can be a vibrant purple or a sallow purple - place it on your lid up to your crease with a shadow brush.

- Now choose a taupe colored purple - something flat and slightly darker. Place this in your crease (socket) with a flurry shadow brush, blend this well - you should NOT have harsh lines. This creates depth and makes our faces really come alive.

- Now take your initial lid purple and place it as a bottom liner. Also line your top lash line *lightly* with a black liner. Or brown if you choose.

- MASCARA TIME! Use a black mascara with this look - use a mascara that lengthens and volumes - mascara opens up your eyes.


EYEBROWS:
Eyebrows frame our face, be sure to fill in sparse areas with a pencil, they should have a distinct shape and an obvious apex, or arch.


CHEEKS:
- a light pink or mauve blush applied to your cheek's apples will do.

-Bronzer lightly dusted on the face (on the areas the sun naturally hits) will liven up your skin giving you a healthy glow.

LIPS:
As a healthcare professional, we rarely get even a moment to "fix our lips" at work - for all intents and purposes, go with a balm! I like EOS :-)


I truly hope this help, I am really glad Shannon asked about some tips because I know how how many working women are out there - MOMS INCLUDED! And we don't always have time to do every step possible to ensure a flawless face, so the above is intended to make it a little easier and help you look fresh, awake, and appropriate for work!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Inspiration & Giveaways...

Good Morning girls :-) Tomorrow is THANKSGIVING! I love The Holiday Season, I am one of those people who has no issues with the fact that Christmas decor goes up in Macy*s && Nordys at the end of October or that Hallmark Channel plays Christmas movies each night - its the holiday that brings out so much love and inspires each and every one of us to give of ourselves. Why not celebrate a little extra? In the spirit of things, I want to take a moment to talk about how blessed we are. I cannot say enough how thankful I am for all of you, I want to kick off The Holidays with a Christmas Giveaway - now I was inspired to do this by another YouTuber (GiltterForever17), she has a wonderful giveaway up and I am going to do the same...spreading the Holiday Cheer and hoping to inspire those of you who are able to do this too, to please do it! And for those of you who may not be able to purchase or find what you want this Holiday, THIS IS FOR YOU.

GIVEAWAY - its easy, simple. Answer this question in a comment below:

- WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR CHRISTMAS? (under $20)

I will pick 3 winners.
ANY AGE CAN ENTER!
INTERNATIONAL!

This was such a great idea for a giveaway, I felt so inspired and inclined to do the same and to hopefully make 3 people's Holiday's a little brighter.

RULES:

1. Must be subscribed to my YouTube (leave your YT name below & be sure that your subscriptions box is visible so I can check)

2. Must be a subscribed follower of THIS BLOG!

3. Answer the question HERE ON THIS BLOG POST AS A COMMENT - do NOT answer on YouTube.

Thats it :-) Happy Holidays from my family to you & yours. Always know that YOU ARE LOVED - no matter how difficult times may become, know that I am always here and will always do my best to brighten your day.

Love, Crystal


Please don't forget to buy from SIGMA, GLAMOUR DOLL EYES, AND LIME CRIME THIS YEAR! USE MY LINKS!

Friday, November 18, 2011

This is some good reading

This is all off of the blog from Pangea Organic's Creator Joshua:

"The cosmetic industry is completely unregulated, except if they are making a medical claim such as “acne treatment” or “SPF” etc., etc., and these products (those which are regulated) are not regulated for safety just for effectiveness of the claim and even that is suspect. There are over 100,000 chemicals being used in the cosmetic and cleaning industry in the U.S., less than 10% of them have ever been tested for human safety and next to none have ever been tested for safety when combined with other components, which is exactly what a cosmetic product is, a cocktail of ingredients.

How does the industry work? Well like most things it’s based on fear, fear of aging, fear of not being beautiful enough. These fears are preyed upon by slick marketing campaigns and false claims. The average cosmetic product is 95% petroleum filler with an active compound to give you the desired effect for about 6 hours; long-term effectiveness is not part of the plan. Within that formulation there are generally about 12 known carcinogens, the average person uses 12-15 products a day…if you do the math that’s over 144 chemicals per person per day!

What is a carcinogen exactly? Carcinogens may increase the risk of cancer by altering cellular metabolism or damaging DNA directly in cells, which interferes with biological processes, and induces the uncontrolled, malignant division, ultimately leading to the formation of tumors. This is unfortunate because most people believe that if you can buy something from a retailer it must be safe, right? We have been programmed to believe this. But it’s not true. Or maybe it is, if we die before we age, well than that is “anti aging,” isn’t it?!

In fact, in my 11 years of research, most products on the market today are actually causing long term effects, like premature aging, skin thinning and of course, cancer. All in the name of a good 6 hours of reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Here are a few more examples of lies of the cosmetic industry. You know when you go to a nice hotel and you see your favorite brand in tiny little bottles? Well guess what, those are not what you think they are. Even 5 star hotels are only willing to spend about $0.20 cents per bottle for amenities. Here’s how it works. There are a few companies who license brand names, look and scent and then create an even more toxic cocktail of carcinogens and make it look and smell the same…but it’s really not the same at all. Chemicals are cheap. How do they get away with this? “Not for resale” that’s how. If you can’t buy it, they don’t have to list the ingredients. Pretty slick, eh?

You’re probably reading this and saying, wow! Good thing I buy all natural products. But being natural or organic when it comes to skin care means nothing. Again, there is nobody regulating the use of these words, so you can still find plenty of carcinogens and formaldehyde donors in the “natural” aisle. It’s very tricky. Many cosmetic ingredients are manufactured by component companies, and they come up with great names for things like “vegetable emulsifying wax”. That’s just peas and carrots, right? Nope, it’s 78% petroleum. In the last few years there’s been a lot of buzz about parabens. Well, what do you think replaced parabens? Answer: sodium hydroxymethyl glycinate, a known formaldehyde donor."

REMEMBER...RESEARCH!

Beautiful Bold Eyes - only 2 colors needed!

GIVEAWAY!!! Cherry Street Cosmetics Bronzer & Gel Liner

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Stuff!!

I will be putting up a haul video - but I really don't think that's the best word for it - it IS collective (Everything purchased/received has been so from the last week of October until JUST this past week). The items are a fun mix of things I have been lusting for for a little while & things that have been sent to me for a review.

Without going too much in depth, here is a breakdown of what will be in the upcoming video - enjoy!

- Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (BR20)

- Stila One Step Foundation (Medium)

- Philosophy Happy Birthday Beautiful (Vanilla Birthday Cake Gel)

- NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Bysance

- Ben Nye Eyebrow & Scar Wax

- Ben Nye Spirit Gum

- Sheer Cover Full Size Kabuki Brush

- Per-fekt Brow Perfection Gel in Caramel

- NYC Concealer Stick in Warm Beige

- Be Fine Food Skin Care Lip Exfoliator

- Glamour Doll Eyes Pigments - 18 of them!!

- Haute Luxxor - 3 Full Size Intense Pigments

- Haute Luxxor High Definition Powder (Full Size)

- Herban Luxe Mineral Mascara (2)

Im really excited to share this stuff with everyone and already have several reviews planned for several above companies/items. Video will be up tomorrow!

Have you gotten anything that you are super excited about recently? Let me know!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Dios de los Muertos - In Style




Recently I was sent a beautiful pair of earrings to review from an shop on Etsy called Sevinoma owned and operated by Tracy & Dino. I was absolutely delighted by the design, color, and detail - each earring is an oblong golden colored wire with a weighty turquoise skull dangling from its base; each skull has these bright coral flowers for eyes! These earrings have gotten so, so many looks and compliments everywhere I go - so here are the stats:

Pros

- Beautiful

- The skulls are hefty, yet this also implies to me that they (the skulls themselves) are incredibly durable - they are are of a stone type material.

- The flowers in the eyes are very well adhered, they are not flimsy nor are they unstable.

- Price: Cost without shipping is $7.50 USD

- Nickel & Lead free

- They accept custom orders

- Shipping ANYWHERE is $5.00

- With another item, shipping is $1.00

- The texture and look to the skulls are very worn and vintage, for me, this rocks.

Cons

- It took an incredible long time to get from Bejing to Seattle

- The skulls themselves aren't secured to the actual wire so they have fallen off several times


Overall I really do like these earrings; they quality of the skulls themselves are fabulous, while I wasn't thrilled that the skulls fall off easily, I can reason it with the base price of the earrings - however the total cost would be $12.50 together and they do take a while to ship, the back and forth communication was adequate and they are very, very friendly people. I think that with the price and time it took to get here, I give this shop an 7.5 out of 10 solely due to shipping and cost.
There are so many other beautiful pieces at the Sevinoma Shop - from vintage molded pendants to Goddess inspired bracelets, the rings are some of my absolute favorites! Lockets and naturalistic charms give a very Victorian feel without the frill - I absolutely recommend this shop to anyone looking for the perfect Holiday Gift this year! With 685 items to choose from, you'd be hard pressed NOT to find something for EVERYONE.

THANK YOU To Sevinoma for sending me the beautiful earrings - I truly love them!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Sevinoma?ref=seller_info

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Come One Come All! The New Circus Collection from Glamour Doll Eyes!

Glamour Doll Eyes has done it again releasing a captivating and incredible collection of shadows inspired by all of the wonderment and awe that a Circus brings! The Circus Collection will be released THIS TUESDAY November 15th so mark your calendars, set your watches, and make a reminder on your iPhones because this is one collection you won;t want to miss!


The Collection
Seven eyeshadows and one eye light make up this stunning collection including 6 never before seen shadows and 1 repeat. This will also be the first release of boxed packaging by GDE as well as new labels for The Circus Collection, the shadows will also arrive with a circus themed treat, sticker, and card. Glamour Doll Eyes is making sure that The Circus is here to stay as this will be a permanent collection.

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The Colors
As if we don't adore their shadow name's enough, The Circus Collection promises to deliver an extraordinary array of of eye catching names such as "Bearded Lady", "Sword Swallower", and "Electric Chair". For a full rundown of color names and descriptions as set by GDE, read below:

Bearded Lady - a medium to dark brown inspired by the luscious beards of the women of the sideshow. The silver shimmers throughout add a hint of femininity.

Big Top - mimicking canvas tents, this medium toned yellow with red shimmer ties together the traditional colors of the circus all in one.

Cotton Candy - who says cotton candy has to be pink? This light to medium blue with pink shimmers brings forth the playfulness of the spun sugar treat. This color is NOT vegan.

Electric Chair - FLASH! This satiny/velvety white, somewhat metallic looking shadow is inspired by the shock of the electrical current. JOLT!

Fiji Mermaid - this greenish blue tells the story of a commonly used sideshow act. The Fiji Mermaid is alive and real with green shimmer undertones, reminiscent of scales.

Fire Eater - inspired by the heat and the excitement of the fire eaters act this eye light uses red, yellow and orange colors to bring the fire-y spark.

Oddity (The only non-new color of the group) is a very unique blend of shimmer and matte. This is a lime green but almost looks duochrome as well!

Sword Swallower - down the hatch it goes! This semi metallic silver with silver sparkles embodies the shine and sharpness of the swords used in this traditional act.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Olive Oil Makeup Remover

30% OFF Herban Luxe - Coupon Code

Myra - founder and owner of Herban Luxe Cosmetics - has sent me some mascaras and a new lipstick (new Glamour Tube design!) for me to review, check out the video here! PLUS she is offering my subscriber a 30% DISCOUNT CODE on their next purchase! But hurry - it bends 11/30/2011 - coupon code: CRYSTALSEATTLETV plus you get a FREE GIFT with any purchase of $25 or more!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Haute Luxxor Cosmetics

I am incredibly blessed and excited to announce that I was recently contacted by HAUTE LUXXOR COSMETICS and asked to review their products! I had to read the email twice because I was in total schlock - I have been a long time admirer or HL for quite sometime. I am completely flattered and excited all at once because I get to share a cosmetic line with all of you thats well known for its' intense pigments, gorgeous blushes, brushes, and so much more!

Kisses, pepermint sticks, and pigments,
Crystal

Best Online Cosmetics Shopping....

Good Night my lovely ladies - just a heads up - I work as an affiliate for several companies and would truly appreciate YOUR help in anything & everything from browsing the sites ti online purchases using my links.

Here is a list of companies that I not only work for as an affiliate but that I purchase from all the time....

1. SIGMA BEAUTY - Find all of your BRUSH NEEDS! You can find any MAC "twin" at Sigma for 75% the MAC price! PLUS!!! You get a FREE GIFT with any purchase of $30 or more!


2. Glamour Doll Eyes - watch my video on them and you'll go gaga for GDE! I just purchased 10 more shadows tonight! **TWO FREE SAMPLES WITH EVERY ORDER!!!**


3. Lime Crime Cosmetics 0 Talk about art! Lime Crime has you covered! Their Noir Lipsticks are some of my favorite products, not to mention, YouTube Beauty Guru and world famous MUA WAYNE GOSS rained the Lime Crime Eye Primer as his #1 Choice!



The Holidays are coming faster than you know - start your holiday shopping ASAP and stock up!!

Glitz, Glamour, and Fluffy Brushes Galore,
Crystal

Lime Crime Cosmetics

If you haven't heard of LIME CRIME, you certainly need to! Bright and intense with undertones of buxom beauty - pinup and noir - everything a sultry diva needs!
I have recently been accepted into their Affiliate Program and am trying to spread the word! Be sure to cope && paste MY LINK on your Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or any other social media that you utilize daily.

Some products I love:

- Lip Noir in Styletto & Glamour 101

- Eyeshadow in the following colors: SHOE ADDICT, DRAGON SCALES, CUPCAKE THEIF, TOP HATTIE

- Eyeshadow Primer - A Mark Goss FAVOURITE!!!

Check out the site, fill up your shopping cart, and be sure to use my link below for browsing & shopping!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Madame Madeline Review





I have recently been enjoying Eyelure False Lashes (#100) sent to me by Madame Madeline.com - a website that offers an enormous variety of false lashes and a large number of brands. They claim to have the largest selection of lashes on the web, and with their "Lashes of the Month" (where shoppers receive 10% off select lashes and adhesives) its a sure bet that you won't be disappointed. Video coming soon! (Scroll Down for COUPON CODE!)
The following review is based off of my experience with both the product and the company and are my views only.

Product Pros -

- Eyelure 100s felt brilliantly natural.

- They already came in a "C" shape - no shaping needed.

- They came with adhesive.

- The lashes themselves were not totally glued dow to the package, instead only the two ends were slightly adhered for easy removal.

- They can be reused!

- They come with a directions packet showing care for the lashes.

Website Pros -

- The website itself is user friendly.

- FAST shipping.

- 30 Day return/refund policy of unused lashes.

- Clearly labeled order status.

- Lashes of the Month Specials.

- Amazing selection.

- Quick Links to your favorite brand.

- Secure checkout.

- Accept ALL PAYMENT TYPES (Debit, PayPal, Visa, MC, etc)



Website/Company Cons-

- Free shipping with $100 purchase - thats a bit ridiculous if you only want a pair of two.

- When I first spoke with one of the directors they made it sound as though I would receive several pairs of lashes and would be able to "Give a COUPLE away" - in reality I was only sent TWO PAIRS. Not a huge issue, but still deceptive.

- Its not always easy to get a response back quickly via email.

- Refunds are given ONLY to UNUSED products - which for obvious reasons is a health protocol (I assume), however, thats not truly a 100% satisfaction claim right there.

Product Cons -

I actually found NONE with the product itself! I really and honestly love these lashes!

Visit Madame Madeline online now! http://www.madamemadeline.com
Receive an 8% DISCOUNT on your entire order - use coupon code FALSIES

Flirty lashes & Butterfly Kisses,
Crystal

Glamour Doll Eyes - Review!

As many of you know - I am absolutely smitten with Glamour Doll Eyes Pigments & Eye Lights. I just recently was accepted into their affiliate program and wanted to share the GDE love with all of you! Below you will find some links that will take you directly to Glamour Doll Eyes - I encourage you to keep GDE in mind for your Holiday Shopping this year - with flu size pigments at $6 (thats FIVE GRAMS OF PRODUCT!!) and sample jars at $2.50...you HAVE to check them out! I have 8 pigments myself and I can't wait to collect all of them. Please use my links when shopping at Glamour Doll Eyes - or even when just looking through the site! Thanks my lovely ladies - please spread the word and feel free to use my link to repost on your blogs, Facebooks, or any other social media accounts!

Love && Pretty Pigments,
Crystal


Eyes Lips Face *ELF* FREE SHIPPING CODE

Good Morning all of my beauties! I wanted to quickly share a FREE SHIPPING coupon code with you for eyelipsface.com TODAY ONLY you will receive FREE SHIPPING with any purchase $13.50 or more! Thats such an awesome deal, so start your holiday shopping early! Again, its a one day only code and it ends tonight at MIDNIGHT Pacific Standard Time...so hurry hurry hurry!

Coupon Code: JUSTSHIP

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Have a lovely day !! And don't forget to grab your SIGMA BRUSHES while you're shopping!! Use my link to get a FREE GIFT with any purchase of $30 or more!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Winner Announced for the MMAGDA Jewelry Giveaway!

Thank you to EVERYONE who entered - MMAGDA will be sending you your prize - you have 48 hours to contact me so that I know you have read this...I will then put you in contact with Magda and you can discuss with her your prize!

The winner is.......




MrsMartinez2024

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you to EVERYONE who entered - please be sure to enter ALL MY OTHER GIVEAWAYS! Especially the new BETSEY JOHNSON *BETSEYVILLE* BAG GIVEAWAY!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

BETSEY JOHNSON GIVEAWAY!!!! BETSEYVILLE BAG!!!!!!



Because I absolutely love & adore ALL of you I really wanted to show my appreciation for the inspiration you give me on a daily basis. Together as women there is nothing in the world that we are incapable of accomplishing - THAT being said, this is my way of saying THANK YOU for being YOU.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Dupe Pet Peeves

I love watching review videos as much as I love making them, I also love watching Dupe videos as much as I love making them - but what you'll notice on my channel is that I have very few true DUPE videos - and with good reason. I absolutely will NOT post a dupe video if I have not done a thorough investigation of all the other so called dupes and products similar to the one that I am "duping", and what I find is that many YouTubers WILL post videos claiming something is a dupe simply because they "hear it a lot on YT" or because it "Pretty much looks like a dupe" - that's false information and incredibly poor research.
People really take the power of YouTube for granted - YouTube is a community (or should be) where people go to look up truthful reviews, tutorials, tips & tricks, and of course, real dupes. Its bad information to say "This is a dupe of _________" just because you hear a handful of YouTubers mention it - do your own research - if you aren't willing to put the time and effort into it, then don't go posting or writing about a Dupe when something simply isn't one.

It is a big pet peeve because there are a lot of girls who rely on their favorite YouTubers to deliver valid info on products, and they will listen to you and go out and spend money on a product...so to encourage these viewers to purchase something because you HEARD its a dupe without really trying it out or even having the original product is completely unacceptable. Also color isn't the only thing that warrants a DUPE - one needs to asses quality, staying power, wear time & evenness.

Here is a list of things that I hear are "Dupes" yet after several trials I have found it to be false - also - I ALWAYS make sure that I buy the ORIGINAL product and several similar ones before claiming to have found a dupe - if you don't have the real one then you don't REALLY know if its a true dupe.

**NARS Orgasm Blush - I have used this for several months, I adore it. I have NOT found an adequate dupe AT ALL.**

- The ELF "Twinkle Pink" IS NOT A DUPE. It is very flat, one dimensional. MUCH lighter and lacks peach undertones. Its glitter is faint at best and applies rather softly. Its a pretty color, but certainly NOT A DUPE FOR NARS ORGASM.

- Milani "Luminous" Mineral Blush - very similar in tone and the peach colored sparkle is much more similar than the ELF - while similar, its not an adequate dupe.

- Bourjois #33 Blush - This is the closest that I have actually tried in terms of color - however the glitter isn't as fixed as it is in ORGASM, its actual loose glitter which is more reminiscent of SUPER ORGASM.

**Urban Decay Primer Potion** Now this is one that unless you have it and use it, don't attempt to find a dupe for it. A cult classic, UDPP is amazing on many levels - wear time, color enhancing, crease resistant, etc.

- ELF Primer - NOT A DUPE WHATSOEVER AT ALL NO WAY. While it is a nice crease resistant primer, it has no business being compared to Urban Decay. The Elf Primer is thinner and actually creases itself until smoothes out. Texture wise, its very smooth but again very thin. UDPP is thick and doubles as a base.

Honestly - I have yet to find a dupe and really would rather not. Urban Decay is incredible and its an investment that is surely worth it.

**MAC Pink Nouveau** Lipstick - again, MAC is great and in my opinion, its one of the less expensive brands of high quality makeup especially for the color payoff and wear time.Their versatility and ability to please an enormous range of skin tones and personalities merits it to be a favorite brand for makeup lovers and MUAs alike. While there are some dupes out there, MAC is a brand that Id rather just get the real thing. For Pink Nouveau, a nice dupe is actually a lip liner by NYX in DOLLY PINK.
Because MAC (and many other great lines) have unique color combos to make one lipstick, its harder to find a true dupe, PN is a very cool toned pink with some blue undertones - find the exact dupe really was tough and I didn't mange to find it.

- Cover Girl #365 Enchantress was SLIGHTLY SIMILAR - it does NOT have blue undertones, however, the wash of color applied the same (very smoothly), it wore for hours, and the shade of the true pink itself reminded me a nit of it.


**Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara** MY FAVORITE MASACRA EVERRRRR! as you all know :-) This is an unbeatable blend of fibers and amazingness that glides on lashes and encourages a beautiful curl and has them stand at attention all through the day. It separates and intensifies - your eyes look huge while wearing this.

- L'oreal Voluminous Falsies - while I did make a video reviewing this mascara and saying how it does a beautiful job, I really get pretty annoyed when I hear YT's say "Oh its a dupe for Lancome Hypnose Drama" - It absolutely IS NOT. It DOES make eyelashes appear a good 85% fuller & longer, it wraps each lash in fibers and holds them at attention, too! HOWEVER - it dried in the tube easily, the spoolie (brush) is completely different as there is not a deeply curved middle portion. Its comb is not as separating, and its actual formulation is tacky to the touch. The black is not as intense as Lnacome's and it does not wear off as nicely as Lancome's. It leaves behind particles even after washing.


Here were just a few things I had to get out there because Im really tired of hearing "This is a dupe!" "I heard someone say ________ is a dupe for NARS". Ladies, I love you I do. But just because someone says its a dupe doesn't make it a real dupe - ESPECIALLY if they don't even own the REAL product, think twice before taking their word for it.

One thing that can never be duped is YOU LADIES - my amazing readers & YT viewers - I love you to pieces!
Crystal

Friday, November 4, 2011

Bronzer 101

Bronzers are a wonderful addition to any makeup routine, they can brighten up ruddy or sallow skin, complete your look, bring forth a healthy & natural glow, and add depth. There are several steps to bronzers from choosing your perfect bronzer to application - I hope this helps!

How to choose your perfect bronzer:

- You want to be sure that the bronzer you pick is the right one for your skin tone - always remember that your skin tone will change with the seasons (unless you tan year round or choose to stay fair), so it's not a bad idea to have several bronzer colors to take you through the entire year.

- You never want your bronzer to be more than 2 shades darker than your skin.

- Bronzer looks its best when coupled with the right blush - Dimension! Dimension! Dimension! Makeup should add depth to your face - we are multidimensional, our makeup should be, too!

- For beginners, start with a powder bronzer and become comfortable using this first.

- If you tend to burn easily in the sumer or have naturally pink or red undertones to your skin, go for a peachy colored bronzer.


Shimmer or Matte?

- This will be entirely up to you. I really like shimmer in my makeup, but we don't want to be a walking disk ball - to avoid this, balance your face out - if you are going for mattes on your eyes then opt for some shimmer on your cheeks and vice versa.

- Mature skin may opt to choose matte bronzers; shimmer is not very kind to hooded eyes, wrinkles, fine lines, etc. and can actually make the skin appear older and highlight the wrinkles.

Where to place bronzer:

- Bronzer (at its's most simplistic and basic application) should be placed anywhere that the sun would naturally hit your face: Cheeks, Forehead, Nose, Chin. If you are going to apply bronzer on these areas, be sure to go with a light application and build from there (Its always easier to ADD COLOR than to remove it!). Blending will also be key...we'll talk tools soon!

- For contouring, bronzer can be placed anywhere that has a natural hollow (contouring will make you appear that you have lost 10lbs in your face!). For facial contouring, place bronzer on your temples, down each side of the bridge of your nose, the hollows of your cheeks, and chin area.
**REMEMBER!!!** If you contour your face, you absolutely must highlight as well - otherwise it appears dull and lifeless - so put a hilight color directly ON the bridge of your nose, middle of the forehead, and high up on the cheek bones (right above your blush).

Tools to Use:
There are many great brushes to utilize for bronzers - I personally like my Sheer Cover Powder Brush - its small and allows for contouring and precision. Its all about what YOU are comfortable with. There ARE specific bronzer brushes, but don't let a name fool you - you can apply bronzer with ANY brush that does your face justice!

- Good Bronzer Brushes:

1. MAC 168
2. MAC 129
3. MAC 109
4. MAC 138
5. Sigma F40
6. Sigma F80
7. Sigma F35
8. Sigma F25
9. Kabuki Brushes (Round & Flat Top)
10. ELF Studio Powder Brush
11. ELF Studio Complexion Brush
12. NARS Botan Brush
13. NARS ITA Kabuki Brush
14. NARS Yachio Kabuki Brush
15. Urban Decay Good Karma Blush Brush
16. Urban Decay Good Karma Powder Brush
17. Real Techniques Stippling Finishing Brush
18. Real Techniques Blush Brush
19. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush
20. Stila #21 Double Duty Cheek Brush
21. Sephora Collection Classic Blush/Bronzer Brush
22. Too Faced Retractable Bronze-Buki Brush

My Favorite Bronzers:

1. NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna
2. Sheer Cover Bronzed Minerals Bronzer
3. Lancome Blush Subtle in Shimmer Mocha Havanna
4. Victoria's Secret Baked Mineral Bronzer in Glowing
5. Smashbox Halo Hydration Perfecting Bronzer
6. Lancome Star Bronzer
7. Lancome Flash Bronzer (liquid/body)
8. Victoria's Secret Sun Kissed Bronzing Lotion (body)


I truly hope that this helped any of you looking for some good bronzer information out there! Sun kissed kisses && shimmery hugs,
Crystal

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NARS DUOS $10

Sephora is having an amazing online sale for two of the NARS Duo shadows I JUST bought mine so grab yours too!! You get free shipping with every purchase $50 and over and 3 FREE SAMPLES with EVERY ORDER!
Basic shipping is only $5.95 so this is a HUGE deal ladies!

Sigma Brushes - Buy Them HERE!

I love 'em! Best known for their high quality and similarity to nearly every MAC brush, Sigma Brushes are durable, long lasting, and affordable! AND you get a FREE GIFT if you spend $30 or more!
Its a little less than 2 months until Christmas - I for one have already began my Holiday shopping online for several reasons, mostly because the closer we get to Christmas, the less chance we have for our items arriving BY the big day - so be smart and get it done soon ladies!

Sigma Brushes are seriously phenomenal - I love them!! Here is a link to get your SIGMA BRUSHES, I am a Sigma Affiliate, please use the following link to purchase from SIGMA: http://www.sigmabeauty.com/?Click=116645

THANK YOU!! And Happy Holidays! Im going to be putting together special Holiday Gift Bags for those who use my link to purchase from Sigma, so be sure to let me know if you use my link!!

Kisses, Hugs, and Makeup Brushes,
Crystal

Cocovana Cosmetics GIVEAWAY & Review

Thank you to Cocovana Cosmetics for sending me so many wonderful, high quality cosmetics to try out and review, and for sponsoring this wonderful giveaway!

GIVEAWAY RULES - ALL RULES MUST BE FOLLOWED

1. Must be a subscriber of my YOUTUBE channel - www.youtube.com/user/crystalseattletv

2. Must FOLLOW THIS BLOG!

3. Must LIKE (thumbs up) the video

4. Must FAVORITE the video with your favorites & subscription boxes OPEN - I will be checking!!

5. Must do one of the following: Either LIKE Cocovana on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cocovanacosmetics) OR Follow them on Twitter (www.twitter.com/cocovanabeauty). Let me know which you chose to do and what your user name is.

6. (10 extra entries) You must go to Cocovana Cosmetics ETSY store and tell me what you would pick out if you were to win (www.etsy.com/shop/cocovanacosmetics)

7. (10 extra entries) Create or use your ETSY account and put Cocovana Cosmetics in your circle.

8. Leave a comment on the Review video telling me what you are most Thankful for this year since we are close to Thanksgiving. Please be detailed, saying "I am thankful for my mom" won't count - tell me WHY.

9. If you choose to make a video, please just tell me what you are thankful for - you must have CRYSTALSEATTLETV in the title.

10. Leave me a comment on this post telling me that you have followed all rules - this way I can see your username and I will know that you followed THIS BLOG!!

You must be 18 years or older or with parental permission. GOOD LUCK!

Ends December 1st at midnight pst.


Cocovana Review:

I was delighted to get the chance to work with a local, female owned small business - Cocovana Cosmetics! Located in Bellevue, WA, they are just 20 minutes from me in Seattle! Here in Western Washington we are a very tight knit community - where our products come from is just as important as whats in them to us. Seattle especially is one of the top cities in the United States for clean air and water and for their Green Efforts in technology and food supply - we make a mindful effort to have dairy, meet, vegetables, fruits all come from within 50-75 miles of our beautiful Emerald City...why should cosmetics be any different?!

Cocovana Cosmetics are beautifully and mindfully crafted from coconut wax, mineral mica, luxurious butters, and so much more. Not only beautiful, but beneficial. Here is an excerpt directly from owner Sarah Cvitkovic on their Etsy Store:
"We really love coconut and the natural benefits it provides to our beauty products. We also believe that beauty and luxury doesn't need to impact our health and environment negatively. Our vegan cosmetics and luxurious candle blends truly represent that.

Our cosmetics are made with shimmering mineral mica, luxurious butters, pure plant and flower extracts and oils. Countless hours of extensive research has been put in to making sure our products are 100% vegan and FDA approved. Who says you can't be gorgeous and environmentally conscious?

Our candles are hand poured with a creamy coconut wax blend and clean cotton wicks. We use premium quality essential oil blends for a natural and fragrant hot and cold scent throw. This unique blend allows for an extremely clean burning and longer lasting candle.

All of our products are packaged in 100% recycled boxes, natural fiber raffia and crinkle paper ribbon."


My Experience:

The Shadows: Long wearing, beautiful without primer, pigmented. Obviously I always use an eyeshadow primer, the two I chose to test these shadows out with were Urban Decay's Primer Potion and MAC's Paint Pot in "Bare Study". The colors I was sent are as follows: Sugarplum, Dreamsicle, Queen Blubee, Camel, & Sunburst. All very shimmery and very pigmented. They mixed and blended very easily without losing any color at all; fallout is expected with loose shadow but I found that it was quite minimal and easily brushed away. Dreamsicle is a very highly pigmented cool orange color that has great staying power, probably the most vibrant of the 5. Sunburst is a beautiful highlight color - its also buildable from a sheer wash of lightness to a beautiful yellowy cream. Sugarplum is where my heart is - this color is a rich, cool, deeper purpley taupe. Its satisfied my need for a multi-use shadow as it works nicely on the lid, the crease, and in the socket. It goes well with so many looks and can be worn alone.

The Blush: A loose blush was certainly a case for some concern, but again I was thrilled. "Glorified" is a sweet peony pink with lots of shimmer, goes on evenly, and complimented my olive skin beautifully. Long wearing and not dreadfully sparkly. It applied well over both powder & liquid foundations.

The Lips: 1 Wax Lip Gloss in "Havanna" & 1 Glossy Balm in "PomBerry". The Lip Gloss is wonderful, a very bubblegum pink in the tube yet softer on the lip itself. It wasn't as pink on my mouth as I had hoped for however. It stays and wears well, not sticky or "gummy", scent was pleasing, very shiny - reminded me of MACs dazzle glass. It wore evenly and I found myself not needing to reapply it for a few hours.
The Glossy Balm Lip Balm is absolutely brilliant - I chose it over my EOS! It does NOT smell like PomBerry, but actually more like COCONUT (yes!!). It says it's tinted, but I really see no tint to it at all. It may vary. Its hydrating, smoothing, and VERY glossy! It made my lips feel conditioned and pampered for hours - it wears long and is it drying in the least.

I want to sincerely thank COCOVANA COSMETICS for working with me and for sponsoring this review & giveaway. They have rapidly become a staple in my collection!

FIND COCOVANA:
www.etsy.com/shop/cocovanacosmetics
www.facebook.com/cocovanacosmetics
www.twitter.com/cocovanabeauty




Kisses, hugs, and Superplum lids,
Crystal

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How To: Face Primers

I recently have been getting requests on YouTube asking how to use and place face primers, and also what the difference is between a water based and a silicon based primer. I just posted my video on How To Apply primer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YxD2jZb3Xk), but for those who wish to read about it, lets get down to it!

First off, a primers' purpose to to even out and smooth the facial skin preparing it for foundation application. You can wear it alone, too, if you wish. Often times primers work to full in lines, creases, pores, and to have your make up last all day and wear evenly.

Steps:

1. Clean your face

2. Moisturize! (Note: some people don't need primer, a good moisturizer suffices!).

3. Apply primer. Let it dry for about 1 minute.

4. Apply makeup.

How to apply primer:
While sponges and brushes may be suitable for this, I tend to dislike the effect that they give leaving me to apply it WITH MY FINGERS.

A) Water Based Primer/HD Primer Application: I use about a chick pea sized amount and begin gently patting it on my entire face - for these types of primers, you want a nice and even layer - a little goes a long way! Yet due to their already thin (or in the case of HD, it diffuses the light and shine) you want it to go on and set in a ayer - DO NOT RUB IN A WATER BASED or an HD PRIMER!

B) Silicon Based Primer Application: Apply about a chick pea sized amount to finger tips and rub on face (lightly!) as you would with a moisturizer, but UNLIKE a moisturizer, you do not want to rub it in "all the way" so to speak. You want a layer (thin) on your face to prep your skin for foundation application.

So what are the differences between Water Based, HD, and Silicon? Who should use them?

Water Based - Best for those with acne prone skin or for those who could get away with no primer at all, yet still wish to use one. Water Based Primers are OIL FREE.

Silicon Based Primer - As the name suggests - it has silicon as its base, not water. This is my primer of choice; it gives a cashmere finish and tends to fill in fine lines a bit better. This would be ideal for those with visible dark spots, pores, and lines/wrinkles.

HD Primer - This type of primer is best for those who are having photographs taken or will be appearing on film - HD Primers diffuse light and offset shine for flawless photos.

I hope this helps those of you looking for primer info!!

My primers I use most:
- NYX HD Studio
- Sheer Cover Base Perfecting Primer
- Hard Candy Sheer Envy
- Laura Geller Spackle
- MAC Prep & Prime Skin





Brightening Primer

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ulta Coupon Code & Laura Geller

Several months ago I began really listening to friends and fellow BeautyTubers about the brilliance of Laura Geller, although interested, I wasn't totally sold. I have had my fair share of "It" products that are supposed to make my skin flawless, make me feel fabulous, and make me want to buy everything that comes in the line. While I tried to take it all with a grain of salt, I continued to hear these wonderful things. Many times I try and wait until the buzz has died down around ANY new beauty product, THATS when all pod the not-so-nice truths/opinions come out, but here I was a few months later STILL hearing wonderful things.
So aout a month ago I went to Ulta and purchased the $20 trial kit of LG - a Full Size The Real Deal Concealer, a trial of Spackel, and a trial of Balance & Brighten. Sadly, the only one left was on Light - as you know, I am olive. I still rushed home to begin using it - the primer was fabulous, water based (which I LOVE my silicon-based primers) but not so thin that I felt it to be pointless - The Real Deal Concealer, full sized, in light, yes far too light for me, but the point is that was was HEAVY, full coverage! My favorite type of concealer, I cannot express how little is needed, about the size of 2 sesame seeds and a bit thicker, it is fabulous, if I mix it with a bit of a darker concealer its absolutely perfect - and then the Balance & Brighten in light, obviously too light, but again the point is that it is a fantastic product. Its multi dimensional, baked on a terra-cotta stone for 24 hours, with just a small hint of luminescence, this product kept my skin flawless and even.

Yesterday I was out shopping and I decided to pick up the full sizes of those products (and a few more!) at Ulta - Balance & Brighten has become one of my favorite powder foundations. The color just melts into my own (I attribute tat to all of the beautiful mixes of tones and pigments), my skin looks and feel light and even (which is huge as my skin is usually uneven and combo). The Bonze & Brighten is lovely for contouring or a bit of color added for that beautifully healthy glow.

Full size Balance & Brighten is $31 with a whopping 9 grams of product!

Full size Spackel is $25 with TWO OUNCES!!!!!!

These prices are phenomenal.

And to let you all know - Ulta is having several great deals going on, 20% off your ENTIRE in store purchase!! As long as you have your coupon, so sign up for their mailing list! And online deals are hot too - FREE SHIPPING on ALL ORDER $25 and up!! The code at checkout is: HOLIDAYSHP25

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Glamour Doll Eyes

I am really excited to share with you all my pigments & shadows (when they arrive!) from GDE. I just placed the order about 10 minutes ago - I was so inspired to do so by watching one of my favorite Beauty Gals on YouTube, ThatGirlShaeXO - I ordered the following colors:
- Hello Brooklyn
- Hollywood
- Tattooed
- Royal Assassin
- Trophy Wife
- Undead

They have a huge assortment of shimmers and mattes, eye lights and glosses! I encourage all of you lovelies to check them out!

MAC Glitter & Ice Collection out now!




I am absolutely squeaking with happiness && excitement right now - The Mac Holiday Glitter && Ice Collection is available online RIGHT NOW! I have visions of sugar plums and Dazzle Glasses dancing in my head! A wonderful assortment to choose from - from Bags & Kits to single Paint Pots, Teknicolor Khol Liners, and Nail Polishes with WHITE PACKAGING! This is some pretty exciting stuff my lovelies. So far here is a rundown of my first impression favorites (mind you, this can all change by tonight, next week, or December....) Here we go!

From the Holiday Colour Collection:
- Mineralize Eyeshadows (3grams of product!!) in the colors: Snow Season, Hold That Pose, & Fresh

- Glitter & Ice Paint Pots - ALL 3!! Although Lets Skate looks a lot like Bare Study.

- Glitter & Ice Lipstick in: Double Spin & What Joy

- Glitter & Ice Dazzle Glass in: Pleasure Principle, Dressed to Dazzle, Love Alert, & Spanking Rich

- Glitter & Ice Nail Laquer in: Unconditionally Fabulous & Get Noticed!

Bags & Kits
- Make it Perfect Brush Set - Mineralize

- Iced Delights Lip Bag - Sultry

- Fabulously Festive Face Kit in Warm

SO FAR this is what I am considering getting for the Holidays. Check out the collection and tell me your first thoughts!!!

http://www.maccosmetics.com



MAC Brush dupe!

SO I was looking through my brushes and I have no idea why I didn't see this sooner - but for me, I found a truly acceptable dupe for the MAC 224. The Sonia Kashuk Pointed Blending Brush ($3.99 at www.soniakashuk.com & at Target) works JUST as brilliantly as the 224!!
I try to utilize my inexpensive brushes in my tutorials on YOuTube so that the look is much more accessible to anyone who would like to re attempt it. I actually REALLY enjoy Sonia Kashuk brushes quite a bit and once I bought the Pointed Blending Brush I actually began to ignore my 224 altogether! Obviously for those who are true blue MAC brush gurus, it will not be the same and thats not only understandable but its OK. Its like telling me that Wet N Wild is "just as good" as Urban Decay - Heck No! I have been a true blue UD girl for nearly a decade, so while something may be acceptable for one person, it certainly may not be for the next.
I just figured I would share my personal opinion with you lovelies and give you the chance to check it out for yourselves :-)

Kisses, Hugs, And Makeup Brushes,
Crystal

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

WINNER of the Vicky's Products.com GIVEAWAY!!!

I want to thank you all for entering this giveaway and a HUGE THANK YOU to Victoria at www.vickysproducts.com for sponsoring this review & giveaway - it was so much fun with some gorgeous jewelry & lipsticks!!

I used RANDOM.ORG to get the winner - video responses were worth 50 extra entries.

So the winner of the 2 pair of earrings is...














fr0ggyfbaby

www.youtube.com/user/fr0ggyfbaby

CONGRATULATIONS!! Thank you so much to EVERYONE who entered - please don't get discouraged I have FIVE GIVEAWAYS going on RIGHT NOW! I will be having nearly 10 next month and a whole BUNCH for Christmas! So please remember that you will always have a chance to win!

Sierrra aka fr0ggyfbaby - you have 48 hours to contact me !!! Just send me an email on YouTube with the following:
FULL NAME
EMAIL
MAILING ADDRESS

Please congrats to the winner you guys rock LOVE YOU!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Perfection of Skin

So many companies out there today market their product(s) as being "The ONE!!" to cure your of your ever so aging skin, or to diminish and damn near erase any signs of imperfection. Obviously I could say something to the matter of "Imperfect IS perfect" - but who would I be kidding? And even if some of us really DO believe that, when it comes to our own body/face/skin/etc it's much more difficult to believe. However there are tiny steps we can take that make a big impact on the future of our skin; for me, hydration is key.

So what are some tips for beautiful, healthy skin?

- Drink WATER! 8 glasses a day (24 hours) is what recommended, but of course ever girl is different, you can always consult your dermatologist, MD, nutritionist, etc. Staying hydrated not only helps you feel more alive, more awake, but also gets your cells nice and lubricated, full and ready to fight off free radicals (nasty buggers that can hard us!). Having hydrated cells also relates directly to your EPITHELIAL CELLS aka - skin cells. Taking care of them means gorgeous, smooth skin for YOU.

- Shower Daily (or sometimes more if you work out, do Yoga/Pilates, etc). Perspiration is a really GOOD thing, it helps remove toxins in your body, but don't let them rest and dry up on your skin! Remove them with a nice, luke warm shower.

- WASH YOUR FACE!

- Don't ever go to bed wearing makeup, at the very LEAST, always have handy those makeup removing toweletts. This isn't ideal by any means, but it is better than doing nothing at all. When you sleep your body (and its' cells) regenerate, kind of like a battery recharging, it can't properly regenerate when its' pores are clogged up, thus breakouts occur when the toxins and bacteria have nowhere to go, so they build up into nasty little pimples.

- Eat Healthy - that's not to say you can't enjoy your favorite ice cream or snack food, but just be mindful of what goes inside of your body. Try to refuel with things that your body can benefit from - foods high in vitamins, fiber, and whole grains are the best choices.

- Keep your hands off your face - we don't always realize how much our hands come in contact with on a daily basis - even a walk to the bus stop or grabbing a latte, germs and bacteria are everywhere. Its a nice idea to wash your hands often or carry hand sanitizers, but the best possible thing would be keep your hands off your face.

- Supplements - If you feel that you aren't getting enough of what you need via daily food consumption, consider supplementation. Fish Oils are always amazing, Vitamins E and B12 are great as well. However always talk to your doctor before taking supplements as they may be contraindicated with any medications you may be on and you can tailor your dose to your specific body.

- Use a clarifying mask once a week - or make one!Lemon & Sugar scrubs are great and you can make them in under 5 minutes at home. Mud masks can be purchased at many drug stores such as Walgreens, Bartles, and CVS.

- For washing your face, use a trusted and reputable brand. It doesn't have to be a very high end product, but remember - this is YOUR FACE. It's the first thing people see - keep it glowing, girl! I always use Lancome, Clinique, and Pangea Organics. But a great lower end brand is Olay. Try to stick to companies that have factual data & research - when a company invests their time & money into the safety and efficacy of their products, its always a good sign. With facial cleansers, what you pay for is what you get.

- Facial Lotions - same rule applies here as above. I have used Clinique' s Dramatically Different Facial Lotion for well over a decade (12 years now!) and have recently been falling in love with Pangea Organics - trusted & proved products.

- Keep stress to a minimum - this can be esp[ecially difficult if you're a college student (before I graduated college I was always a stressed out wreck! I was attending TWO colleges at one so I could take my national nursing boards sooner so I would spend my morning at UW - University of Washington - and my nights at Pima Medical Institute). Again, easier said than done - but if you feel that the stress is overwhelming, talk to somebody - a therapist, a friend, or me! Im always here for you, plus I am a volunteer counselor as well.

- Sometimes bad skin is genetic - if you notice acne that is persistent (and NOT part of puberty or PMS) you may want to see a dermatologist.

- Makeup - I have super oily skin, but I adore liquid foundation. So I switch back and forth often - when it's dry out I use liquid - and I use high end brands. With cosmetics that go all over your face, its so so so so SO important to be using a very GOOD, HIGH QUALITY product. My top liquid picks? CLINIQUE, LANCOME, MAC. When its hot out or I get oily, I stick to a powder foundation such as SHEER COVER. I have found 2 drug store brands that actually are OK with my skin (which is VERY rare) HARD CANDY & RIMMEL LONDON. And ALWAYS use a primer.

These are a just a few tips that are personally my opinions :-) I really hope this helped some of you out! Skin is the LARGEST ORGAN in/on our body - treat yours well and it will give you years of looks from cute guys and lots of confidence.

Friday, October 21, 2011

NEW GIVEAWAY- This one you'll love!

Recently I was granted the opportunity the review a pair of earrings from a wonderful Etsy Shop & Owner located in Poland, MMAGDA. She makes the most adorable miniature, polymer clay dessert replica jewelry. When I saw her creations, I was stunned - the detail work is over the top intricate! From dazzling donuts with delicate sprinkles to insatiable ice cream cone earrings - your sweet tooth will be begging for more!

I was sent the Blue Cupcake Post Earrings to review and to keep - I was so happy with this set of earrings - hypoallergenic, not once did I feel them on my lobes. The posts did not turn my lobes green or make my ears itch; they absolutely were a joy to wear from morning into the late evening hours - I actually forgot that they were on my ears and went to bed with them on!

Her selection doesn't stop at cupcakes - she has the most delectable macaroon earrings, chocolate chip mint ice cream cone earrings, cupcake rings with different colored "cups", necklaces with donuts dangling from the silver chains...it's as if you walk into a virtual sweets shop!
Her pricing is very reasonable as well - the pair of earrings she sent me retail in her Etsy shop for $9.50 USD - the higher end price cuts off at $12.00 USD.

Shipping - I was quite happy with the amount of time it took from the date she shipped to the arrival date 0 less than 14 days coming from Poland to Seattle, Washington. Talk about fast service!
Shipping is $2.00 if you live in Poland and $4.00 anywhere else in the world.

I am currently hosting a Giveaway for one (1) lucky winner to get the chance to pick out ANY ONE ITEM from her Etsy shop!! And its a super easy giveaway - COMMENT ONLY!

For rules please check out the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3ZTpLpef-s

GOOD LUCK!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The 31 Days of Halloween - NEW LOOK!

Hey there beauties! I posted my newest Halloween look on my YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/crystalseattletv) - basically the look was inspired by pictures I Googled of new wave Harajuku meets Anime meets YouTubers! It was a lot of fun to create, I really hope you girlies love it and try it out yourselves!!! If you wind up trying it, PUH-LEEZE post it as a video response! Here is the link to the video:
http://www.youtube.com/user/crystalseattletv?feature=mhee#p/a/u/0/2GvamhFoWS4

So tell me loves, what are you going to be for Halloween? Also! I have had several requests for Halloween looks - the next few I will be filming are as follows: A Sexy Angel. A Mermaid, Gruesome Ripped Out Eyes, A Bullet Wound to the Head, and a Pretty Pink Doll.

Any more requests? Hugs & Harajuku Love,
crystalseattletv

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NYX: Harmonica Round Lipstick

Fristy, pink lipsticks may not be everyones favorite - some claim it makes for yellow teeth while others state that it causes dull skin. If you have skin like mine, it's not the case! Olive skin, darker skin, tan skin...THIS lipstick is for US! While that's not to say it won't look good on light skin, I do see why those with said skin would be disappointed with it; I however, LOVE IT.
It makes for gorgeous, sultry nudey pink lips - the perfect compliment to a dark, smokey eye! My opinion? Its all about the eyes. Honestly, sure this frosty pink deliciousness may make certain skin "pale", but so would a lot of other colors if we operate under that theory - so how do those of you with paler skin fix that? BRING OUT THOSE EYES!
I truly believe that YOU make makeup beautiful, NOT the other way around. This lipstick *Harmonica* is absolutely flattering to darker toned skin, its dazzling, not your typical frosty pink either!

Price: $3.99 (on average)

I would certainly buy this again, but Im curious to hear from my lighter skinned beauties out there...what do you feel makes YOUR skin appear "dull"?

Frosty Pink Kisses,
Crystalseattletv


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Thank You: Betsey Johnson Runway Show 2011

My obvious love for lacquered lips ventures far beyond one’s own understanding – THIS I am fully aware of. However one gloss has been unattainable – it has now become my ultimate conquest – it is the absolute prettiest pink of all pinks! A color that has the ability to make any girl smile- the #1 color for lips used at this year’s fashion Week NYC in the Betsey Johnson Runway show, GIGGLES stands up to its name!

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Clinique: Black Honey Almost Lipstick

I recently picked up Clinique’s Black Honey Almost Lipstick to review on YouTube, the color not only won me over from the moment it touched my lips, but I felt it would be the best color to tell you ladies about – especially those who have sent me requests asking how to wear a dark shade. Black Honey’s moisture-rich, balmy  texture creates a glossy feel giving you a buildable color; it goes on with ease and creates a gorgeous simplistic look whichever way it’s worn. From my tube, Black Honey appears near black with undertones of maroon, once applied, your lips become a beautiful flushed color and have an irresistible shine! The most amazing aspects of this lip product os how it looks on each person – Clinique is the first to claim that this color looks “different on everyone” wearing it – which truly makes this a universal product. Skin tones celebrate because this color looks great on EVERYONE!



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Some fun beauty tips for you to enjoy!


I found this interesting and thought I would share!
Clear lip balms and glosses can be used to make almost any powder product into a multiple use product.
- Lip balms will deliver a matte finish.
-  Clear lipstick delivers a creamy sheer finish.
- Lipgloss naturally delivers a shiny finish.
- Ivory mousse eye shadow can be used to turn any powdered eyeshadow into a cream shadow.
- You can even use ivory mousse eye shadow to turn pink and peach eye shadows into blush.-
Cream moisturizers can also be mixed with powdered products for custom blush colors.
c/o www.makeupnotebok.com