November 26, 2010


Find the perfect Holiday gift for all the lovely ladies in your life! Assembled below are my top picks of cosmetic and skincare products in cyber space and the real world. Happy shopping!!!!

Lancôme - Holiday Color Design Palette: Eyes & Cheeks in "Jeweled Purple"  $39.50
Get your most glamorous look for the holidays with a sultry mix of six sparkling eye shadows and an opulent blush. Indulge in a limited-edition compact adorned with holiday inspired jewels.
    - Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Smooth Hold in "Sparkle", "Jeweled", "Matte Purple", "Purple Haze", "Purple Passion" and "Amethyst Tryst"
    - Blush Subtil Powder Blush in "Shimmer Violet Sunrise"
* For Holiday's free shipping on any order online at - no promo code necessary.

 Sleek MakeUP - Sparkle i-Divine Eye Shadow Palette (Limited Edition)  $10
Sparkle your way through the festive season with deep dazzling festive shades.  A must have for the party season, you'll be spoilt for choice with this palette of 12 glitter-laced velvety-smooth eye shadows.

SMASHBOX - "The Gold List" Gift Set  ($108 value) $49
A five-piece, travel-ready kit that helps you achieve a camera-ready, golden glow.
This set contains:
- Fusion Soft Lights in "Baked Starburst"
- Photo Finish Luminzing Foundation Primer
- O-Gloss Gold
- Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
- gold metallic cosmetic case

OPI for SEPHORA - Eighteen Piece Mini Nail Colour Set  ($81 Value) $48.00
A perfect gift, this Sephora by OPI set includes 18 shades  of mini nail colors that range from essential to edgy. Colors Included:
A True Romantic, Techno Girl, Access 24/7, Ms. Can't Be Wrong, What A Broad, Just A Little Dangerous, Cab Fare, Caliente Coral, Special Request, High Maintenance, Sample Sale, I'm With Brad, Leaf Him At The Altar, Mermaid To Order, Opening Night, Already Famous, Dating The Drummer, and Never Enough Shoes
NARS - "D. Lovely Lip Gloss Coffret" $49
An essential collection of four NARS mini Duo Lip Glosses.
Includes: "Misbehave/All Night Long", "Pillow Talk/Sandpiper", "Orgasm/Chihuahua" and "Greek Holiday/Stolen Kisses" 
* For limited time all Gifts ship FREE online!

Bobbi Brown - "Pink & Gold" Lip Palette  (Limited Edition)  $45.00
The ultimate holiday lip palette, this collection of fresh pinks, deep roses and a beautiful golden nude can be
mixed and layered for a custom look.
Colors included:
"Roseberry", "Kir", "Pretty Pink", "Sunset Nude", "Italian Rose" and "Brownie" Lip Color.

KORRES - "Sugar Plums" Color Collection  ($41.00 value)  $29.50
A Limited Edition selection of Korres best-selling plum color products in a beautiful, giftable box.
The Collection contains:
"Plum" Cherry Oil Lipgloss, "Plum" Lip Butter and Cheek Tint and "Plum" Sunflower & Evening Primrose Eyeshadow 

* Enter code "FORYOU" and get a free "Cherry Lip Kisses" collection and FREE ground shipping on orders $40 or more.

PHILOSOPY - "Home For The Holidays" Crème Brulée gift set  (Reg.$25)  $18
A gift of sweet treats to make you feel at home. Spoil yourself with the pure decadence of crème brulée
multitasking shower gel, body lotion and lip shine.
 * Free shipping on all orders - no minimum thru 11/28 using code: holidayship.

KIEHLS - Creme de Corps Collection ($79 value) $59
Kiehls cherished Creme de Corps products, famous for it's rich in all-day hydration, makes it ideal for pampering dry skin.  Set includes:
Creme de Corps cream (8.4 oz.),
Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish (6.8 oz.)
Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream (2.5oz.)
Lip Balm #1 (.5 oz.)
Ultra Facial Cream deluxe (.25 oz.)
Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate packette (.17 oz.)

*Friends & Family discount of 20% off all orders and FREE ground shipping on orders of $30 & up. Use Code: FAMILY10 (valid 11/26 - 11/30)

And finally....the ultimate gift for any makeup obsessed woman in your life.

MAKE UP FOR EVER - Rock For Ever Dany's Essentials ($597 Value) $299
A rock 'n' roll-inspired makeup case piled high with 29 product favorites handpicked by Dany Sanz, MAKE UP FOR EVER's Creator and Artistic Director.
This set contains:
For Complexion:  HD Elixir; HD Microperfecting Primer; HD Microfinish Powder; Mist & Fix; HD Kabuki Brush
For Eyes:  Smoky Lash, Aqua Smoky Lash;  Aqua Eyes in shades Mat Black 0L (black), Pearly Brown 2L (golden brown sheen), Iridescent Navy Blue 3L (navy blue sheen), and Purple 11L (metallic purple); Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow; Aqua Cream in shades 13 Warm Beige (champagne shimmer) and 15 Taupe (taupe brown shimmer); Eye Shadow in shades Iridescent Yellow Beige 126 (tan beige shimmer) and Iridescent Brown Black 139 (brown black shimmer); Diamond Shadow Diamond Purple 309 (dark purple with silver shimmer); Star Powder in shades Copper 922 (true copper shimmer) and White/Orange 940 (iridescent white pearl peach);  Faux Lash in 21 Floriane and 115 Erin; Travel Sens'Eyes; Double Pencil Sharpener
For Lips:  Rouge Artist Intense in shades 1 (matte flesh), 36 (satin fuchsia), and 43 Moulin Rouge (satin vibrant red); Aqua Cream 5 Peach (peachy pink with gold flecks); Aqua Lip in Nude Beige 1C (light neutral beige) and Red 8C (true red)

November 23, 2010


I recently made an online purchase from Sephora and wanted to share my beauty and skincare haul with my "Karen's World of Beauty" Readers.  Check out the video and product details below:


Josie Maran - "Love Nest Josie's Argan Favorites" ($55 Value)  $25    *Sephora Exclusive!
A four-piece, travel-size gift set that includes Josie Maran's favorite argan oil must-haves for the face, eyes, cheeks, lips, and hair.

This set contains:
-0.21 oz Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink
- 0.11 oz Gogo Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara
- 0.5 oz Argan Illuminizer
- 0.5 oz 100% Argan Oil

Stila - "Pretty in Paris" travel palette  $10
The second in a five-part series of collectible palettes, The Pretty in Paris palette is all you need to get pretty on the go!

This set contains:
- 4 x 0.15 oz Eye Shadows in Crepe (pale pink), Cherie (reddish brown), Jolie (brownish pink), Chocolat (brown).
- 0.09 oz Convertible Color in Rosebud (deep rose brown - limited-edition shade)

Dr. Dennis Gross - "Alpha Beta® Peel Trial Kit"  $35    *Sephora Exclusive!
A two-step, at-home peel with the original and extra strength formulas of the Alpha Beta® anti-aging peel treatments.  This firming, toning, and retexturizing treatment delivers both immediate results and long-term benefits for a variety of skincare concerns.

Feel free to share what cosmetic or skincare product you're loving from Sephora (or any other beauty emporium). I want to know what you love and what you recommend so please leave a comment.  Thanks my lovelies!!!

*** Note - In video I mention Dermalogica facial sponge. I actually purchased from Ulta - not Sephora. Sorry, I got confused with all my online shopping!

November 22, 2010

PRODUCT REVIEW - MAI COUTURE Blush and Bronzer Papers

Here's video review of blushing and bronzing papers from innovative cosmetic brand, Mai Couture.

Blush Papers ($16) - 50 sheets  ($28) - sheets and case
Add color to your cheeks anytime with these remarkable blush papers.

2 in 1 Oil-Blotting and Bronzing Papers ($22) - 100 sheets  ($36) - sheets and case
These lightly powdered bronzing paper eliminates oil and has just the right amount of shimmer to give you a glowing and flawless complexion.

Me and Mai Tran of Mai Couture at The Makeup Show in New York.

November 19, 2010


Hello My Lovelies!

I know it's been a long time since you've heard from me and for that I apologize. Unfortunately business (and a personal issue or two!) have kept me from blogging over the past few months but I'm back now!  As my mother says "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" so here I am, better than ever, bringing you quality beauty industry information.  Once again, my dear Readers, I'm excited to share with you my knowledge and passion about anything and everything in the world of beauty.

Please feel free to send me an email if you have an ideas for a blog post, a beauty question or want me to review a specific product...or you can just leave a comment.  My goal for this beauty blog is to be a invaluable resource for your cosmetic and beauty needs.

Thank you all for continuing to share this adventure with me!

Karen (aka MakUpDiva)