January 28, 2011


Not sure what to get the special women in your life for Valentine Day? Don't despair! I've put together a handy guide of my favorite Valentine Day picks for all the lovely ladies in your life. This collection of beauty goodies would make the perfect gift for your sister, Mom, best friend or even your favorite baby sitter. So spread some love and show her that you care!

Three Custom Color - "The Sweetest Thing" Refillable Trio  (a $67.50 value!) $50
A sleek, portable trio with filled with "Icing on the Cupcake" Eye Shadow (a kaleidoscope of light-reflecting shimmers in gold, pink, teal, violet and blue), "Candy Cloud 9" Gloss (sheer pink with gold and silver shimmer with subtle sweet Cotton Candy flavor & fragrance) and "Lollipop" Lip & Cheek Stain (hot rosy pink). Three Custom Color  partnered with rising Design Star, Miles Ehan, to create this tasty capsule collection entitled "The Sweetest Thing".  

Too Faced - "Look of Love" Set   ($124 Value) $45
Embrace the look of love with this collection of best-sellers and exclusive products. Swoon over a seven-piece set filled with fresh and feminine shades in a chic, heart-stopping bag that speaks the language of amour! Set contains:
- "Look of Love" Eyeshadow and Blush Trio
- Glamour Gloss in "Barely Legal"
- Lash Injection Mascara
- Shadow Insurance
- Primed and Poreless (primer)
- Flatbuki Mini Brush
- Limited Edition "Look of Love" Cosmetic Bag

Stila - "Make Me Blush" Set ($41.50 Value) $20
A romantic trio that includes a multicolor blush inspired by Valentine's Day Conversation Hearts along with two juicy Lip Glazes. This set is a Sephora Exclusive!  Set contains:
- "Make Me Blush" Cheek Color
- Lip Glaze in "Hugs" (creamy rose) and "Kisses" (sparkling red)

Tarte -  LipSurgence™ Natural Lip Luster Power Couple  ($48 value) $38
This limited-edition pairing is a perfect match!  Tarte's best-selling natural lip tints are peppermint-infused and glide on smooth for a rich finish that will stay all day.  Includes:
- "Frisky" (bright pink)
- "Fever" (red)
Kiehl's - Saks Lipgloss Value Set   ($43.50)
Saks Fifth Avenue Exclusive containing four different colors of Kiehl's iconic lip gloss in a zippered logo case.  Set includes the following colors:
- "Lights On Broadway"
- "Berry 1851"
- "Pear Tree"
- "Pink Rider"

LUSH - "Be Mine" Gift Box   $45
This hatbox is a declaration of true and undying love for helpless romantics. It consists of a selection of six scrumptious treats for all you (bath) lovers. Set contains:
- "Sex Bomb" Bath Bomb
- "MMM Melting Marshmallow Moment" Bath Melt
- "Sugar Babe" Sugar Scrub
- "It's Raining Men" shower gel
- "Lust" Solid Perfume

Philosophy -  "Sweet On You" Set  $25
This delectably sweet, candy-heart scented trio of moisturizing formulas condition skin, hair and lips. It's the sweetest gift you can give to the sweetheart in your life. Set contains:
- Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath
- Body Lotion
- Lip Shine (sheer rose shimmer)

January 23, 2011


Kevyn Aucoin was a celebrity Makeup Artist who created his magic on some of the most legendary faces from the worlds of fashion, music, television and film. He was also a best selling author and beauty entrepreneur.  His self titled cosmetic line, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, is a direct result of his years making "the beautiful people" even more beautiful.  I purchased this incredible beauty find, "The Making Faces Kit", on the discount designer website, HauteLook.

Please click the video enclosed below for my review and makeup demo using Kevyn Aucoin's "The Making Faces Kit - Vol. 1":

The Making Faces Collection Vol. 1 includes:
• A full set of eye, cheek and lip products in a book-style flip pallete
• Step-by-step instructions for learning Kevyn Aucoin’s makeup artistry techniques
• Large mirror
(no flash)
Top Row (eyeshadow):"Whisper", "Goddesss" and "Aubergine"
Middle Row: "Neolita" powder blush and "Nuelle" cream moist glow
Bottom Row (lipstick): "Guilty", "Gently" and "Control"

And for all you beautiful fashionistas, here's my personal invitation to join HauteLook: (http://www.hautelook.com/invite/697606)
HauteLook brings the thrill back to shopping with their 48-hour daily sales with discounts of 50 to 75 percent off the world's top fashion, accessories, beauty, kids and home brands!

January 17, 2011


Hello my Lovelies,

Announcing the lucky winner of the "Karen's World of Beauty" Reader Giveaway for a Limited Edition Sleek MakeUP "Sparkle" i-Divine eyeshadow palette and Wanderlast Lip Colour in "Purity":

Tati Abaurre
User Name: Tati_Abaurre

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Karen (aka MakUpDiva)

**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 13, 2011


Here's video review of my latest haul from "earth-friendly" Josie Maran Cosmetics created by supermodel Josie Maran.


Argan Color Stick in "Petal Pink"  (neutral pink) $22
An argan oil-infused, sheer color stick that gives a lasting, natural flush to cheeks and lips.

Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain in "Mambo" (toasted beige) and "Flamenco" (cherry red)   $19
A long-wearing natural lip and cheek stain packaged in a portable pen for effortless touch ups on the go.
Argan Lip Gloss in "Compassion" (rosy pink)$18
This conditioning lip gloss comes in sheer, easy to wear shades that highlight your natural lip color with a sophisticated touch of shimmer.
Eye Shadow in "Cacao" *   $20
* (This shade is discontinued but you can try "Cappuccino" - a dark warm brown shimmer)
Vibrant, velvety shadows for the eyes.
Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in "Sweet Citrus" $35
A velvety, lightweight and hydrating body butter is whipped to perfection, so you can spread the love with Josie Maran’s signature ingredient, Argan Oil.

I have to say I'm a big fan of this brand. I love that Josie Maran Cosmetics uses high quality, botanical ingredients in their products. I especially love all the products I've tried from the Argan Oil line.  Commonly referred to as "liquid gold" or "the gold of Morocco," Argan Oil is a wonderful source of vitamin E and essential fatty acids. It has incredible healing, conditioning, and anti-aging properties that help keep skin and hair nourished. But don't just take my word for it...try one of Josie Maran's cosmetic products for yourself and let me know what you think!

* Products were provided for review but I am not affiliated with the company, nor was I paid to review any of the products mentioned in this video.