January 27, 2010


I decided to do something new for Karen's World of Beauty - Product Review videos!  And since it's a New Year I wanted to shake things up and expand my coverage of beauty products to include bath items.  LUSH is truly one of my favorite places to shop for bath and skincare products so wanted to share it with my Readers.  LUSH products are made from fresh organic fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils while using little or no preservatives or packing. How awesome is that? Check out my video review and then get shopping ladies! Their products would make a perfect gift for Valentine's Day.

Here are the LUSH products that I purchased:

"Tis The Season" Gift Box
LUSH Holiday Season best-sellers!
(Contains: L'il LUSH Pud Bath Bomb and Snowcake Soap)

"Bunty" Gift Box
Pink, fresh & girly!
(Contains: Butterball & Think Pink! Bath Bombs and Creamy Candy Bar & Pop in the Bath Bubble Bars)

"The Comforter" Bubble Bar
Inhale it and feel like you're getting a big, yummy hug!

"Sugar Babe" Sugar Scrub
Transform your body and transport your mind to sunnier days!

There are several other LUSH products that I love and use regularly but might save that for another Review. If you're really curious send me an email and I'll let you know my top picks.  Thanks for reading!!!

January 17, 2010


Hello my Lovelies,

Here's the very lucky winner of the Karen's World of Beauty "New Year, New You" Reader Contest who's being sent over $200 in fabulous cosmetic and skincare items.  Congratulations go to:


Don't despair if you didn't win this time.  I'll be sponsoring new contests and giveaways in the near future so stay tuned!

Once again, a heartfelt "thank you" to all you fabulous ladies who subscribed to my blog and entered the contest.  I truly appreciate your support of Karen's World of Beauty Blog!!!


**Please note if you are a contest winner you must respond to my email with your mailing address within a week after the end of the drawing in order to receive your prize. I am not responsible for anything that happens once prizes are mailed out. If it gets lost, damaged or melts, etc., I'm sorry but I can’t replace it.  Thank you!

January 14, 2010


I created this instructional video to show women that they are not restricted to shades of gray or black when creating a smoky eye look. There is a vast rainbow of eye color shades on the market so why limit yourself? A great example of high quality but low priced eyeshadow palettes are those created by UK-based, mass market cosmetic brand Sleek MakeUP. I was lucky enough to meet Malika Joaille and Taniqua Bennett from the line earlier this year and received several products to Review. They are incredible! 

Today's Eye Makeup Tutorial features Sleek MakeUp's I-Divine eyeshadow palette in  "The Original" (see picture above). You'll definitely be seeing and hearing more about Sleek MakeUP and their products in the future. I can't wait for their website to be up and running again so all us gals in the U.S. can get our hands on their fabulous products!!!

Cinema Secrets Foundation - Kit #8

Nixie Bronze Beauty in "Key Largo Beach" - sheer gold shimmer

Sleek MakeUP -  I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in "The Original's"   *(I used the green colored shadows in the Far Right column).
MAC - Eye Kohl Pencil in "Minted" - vibrant mint green with pearl
MAC - Eye Kohl Pencil in "Smolder" - intense black
Lancome - Définicils High Definition Mascara in "Deep Black"

C.O. Bigelow® Rose Salve

MAC #219 Pencil Brush
MAC #244 Tapered Blending Brush

Model: Shauna Blaize
Videographer: Amanda Taylor Duncan

January 2, 2010


Hello Lovelies!

I don’t know about you but 2009 was a challenging year for me and I’m glad that it’s done!  But as my mother says “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” so I’m grateful for the lessons learned.  Life certainly isn't easy but when you feel passionate about what you do, it makes the work seem easier.  I’ve put a lot of hard work into my Karen’s World of Beauty Blog and I’m so happy that you dear Readers have decided to come along for the ride! 

I truly appreciate all of your support and your comments.  I look forward to receiving more feedback from you so I can continue to bring you quality content that answers your beauty needs.  So please, post a comment or email me suggestions about instructional videos you want to see or ask any beauty questions that have you stumped.  I’m here to share what I’ve learned in my role as Makeup Artist, Beauty Consultant and a woman obsessed with beauty.

As a way of thanking of my lovely Readers and in an effort to usher in a more beautiful and glamorous year I am giving away a big haul of beauty products valued at over $200!  As you all know I’m obsessed with makeup and beauty products so I’ve got a surplus of unused, untested products and I want to share it with one very lucky Reader.

Here’s a quick rundown of all the products included in the Reader Giveaway:
  1. MAC – Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
  2. MAC – Dazzleglass Crème in “Do It Up”
  3. Stila – “Mandarin Mist” Eyeshadow Trio
  4. Stila – “Mandarin Mist” Cheek Duo
  5. Stila – Lip Glaze in “Tangerine”
  6. Smashbox – Fusion Soft Lights in “Sunset”  [Comes with bonus see-thru plastic case and mini glosses in “Pout” and “Accessories”]
  7. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (O.C.C.) – Loose Colour Concentrate in “Flicker”
  8. Sugar –Round the Clock Eye Shadow Palette in “Punch Out”
  9. Zoya – Hot Lips in “Chance” and “Boudoir”
  10. Crazylibellule And The Poppies – The Crazy Sticks in “Tamara Charleston”
  11. Bonus: sample of Stella McCartney “Stella” Eau de Parfum!
Here’s How to Enter:
1) To enter to win you must subscribe to KarensWorldofBeauty.Blogspot.com either through Blogger or Google and then leave a comment with your user name and email by contest deadline of 12am Saturday, January 16, 2010. UPDATE: I'm having a problem verifying people who subscribed through Blogger so to keep it really simple just click the "Follow" button located on the Right Column of my Blog. Once you join (via Google Friend Connect) your username/pic should show up in my list of Followers. Then leave comment with your username and email address. Sorry for any inconvenience but I want to make sure that everyone who enters gets counted accurately. Thanks!!!

2) You can Tweet about this Contest and/or link it on FaceBook or your own blog for extra chances to win! Just make sure you leave individual comments so all of your entries count. (That’s an extra chance at winning!)

3) For those Readers who are already subscribed to my Blog just leave a comment stating "I'm a Karen's World of Beauty Subscriber" and include your name and the email address you used to sign up for my blog.

Other Contest Info:
** US Residents only (and your comment must be in English).
**Winner will be chosen at random.
**Comments posted after the deadline won’t be included in the drawing.
**If you win, you must respond to my email with your mailing address within a week after the end of the drawing in order to receive your prize. I am not responsible for anything that happens once prizes are mailed out. If it gets lost, damaged or melts, etc., I'm sorry but I can’t replace it.

Thanks and good luck everyone!!!

Karen (aka MakUpDiva)