Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Beauty Trend - Color

The latest beauty trend in color cosmetics is just that....Color!!! More and more cosmetics lines are featuring their products with bright colors like orange, yellow, gold, green, and blue. Our focus today is on the color Blue.

Suggestions of Illusions Products:

1) Sky Blue Eyedust

2) Mysterious Eyedust (dark blue)

3) Black on Blue eye pencil

Suggestions On How To Wear:

1) Sky blue eyedust on the lid

2) Mysterious in the crease

3) Black on Blue eye pencil on the lower eyelid

4) Steel or Black gel eyeliner on upper lid (fine line close to the lashes)

5) Lots of black mascara


Wear color wisely!!! Always apply the color in layers so that you are not using too much at one time.

Beauty Tip Of The Day

Considering that no one is exempt from skin cancer, it is always safe to wear a lip protectant (lip balm, lip gloss, or lipstick) with an spf. If wearing lip products like lipgloss or lipstick that do not have a sunscreen in them, make sure you are at least wearing a lipbalm with sunscreen.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Beauty Tip Of The Day

"Always remember that true beauty comes from within-from within bottles, jars,compacts, and tubes." - Peters Almanac
* Just a little beauty humor. Have a beautiful day!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Beauty Tip Of The Day

For those who are tired of their straight long lashes and want some curl, try an "Eyelash perm". Eyelash perms are a 30-40 minute procedure that curls the eyelashes. The effect is semi-permanent and lasts approximately 3-4 weeks. The going rate is $80. If you live in NYC or just visiting, stop by the Takamichi Head to Toe Hair Salon for more info.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Beauty Tip Of The Day

The hot trend for the summer season is tangerine, lime, and hot pink for eyes, lips, and/or cheeks.

Product Junkie Diva Review of Illusions Cosmetics

Friday, April 25, 2008Confessions of a Product Junkie Diva Confession-- I never wear eye shadow. I know, I know some of you are clutching your pearls or gasping at this very moment, but this is the truth, my truth. One reason why I have never worn eye shadow is because I thought it would make me look like a clown. It looks lovely on other people but I just never thought it would look good on me. This feeling was validated the day I attended a makeup party. When I was younger I went to a makeup party and I sat there as the consultant raved about my eyes and how good the eye shadow looked on me. I was excited and couldn't wait to look in the mirror. Before even seeing myself I just knew I wanted to go out that evening to show off my face, then I looked into the mirror. Upon looking at my face I was convinced of two things 1) the makeup consultant was either visually impaired or mentally insane and 2) I would never wear eye shadow again.
Janice Tunnell, celebrity makeup artist, and co-owner of Illusions Cosmetics (the other co owner is Janice's twin sister Denise Tunnell) has made me eat my words. Wednesday evening I wore eye shadow and I didn't just like it, I loved it. The shades fit me perfectly and why wouldn't they, Illusions Cosmetics is a product line specifically designed for women of color. The line can complement very light skin tones as well as darker complexions and everyone in between. I put on the shadow and my face was glowing, in that moment I understood why so many women love eye shadow and now I have found one that works for me. I should also mention that my anti makeup sister, a women who refuses to wear tinted lip gloss, saw the eye shadow and said I think I would like to wear that. Yes that is how stunning the shades are, that it was able to single handedly almost convert my sister.Pictured on the left you have Dolce Vita a brownish eye dust and Delight on the right which is a sandy brown. The eye dust was so soft I had to ask Janice if any natural ingredients were included and it turns out that many of their products include vitamin e., chamomille and other natural ingredients.
Illusions cosmetics also produces a line of lip glosses affectionately named after popular movies such as Brown Sugar, Mahogany, Dreamgirls, and Sparkle (a personal favorite) just to name a few. I tried Dreamgirl which is very close in color to the MAC Viva Glam V. The lip gloss is super light yet very shiny and it only cost $10.00. The aforementioned eye shadow which is referred to as eye dust on their website is priced at $12.00. Items can be purchased through their website or through two stores that currently sell their products.After communicating with Janice recently she informed me that new products will hit the website soon and they are revamping their site so you may want to call for more information if you are interested in the product (all information is available through their site)So now that I have had the best introduction to eye shadow please give me the low down on the eye shadows that you love.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Addt'l Presenting Sponsors for SS&S '08:Vaseline

We are proud to announce that Vaseline will be joining Softsheen-Carson as a Presenting Sponsor of Sparkle, Shimmer, & Shine 2008, an Annual event of Illusions Cosmetics. Vaseline will be presenting their line of Coco Butter products and will fill the gift bags with the Coco Butter Vitalizing Gel Body Oil.

Beauty Tip Of The Day

To combat 'blackheads', cleanse oily skin very well by using a cleanser for your skin type as well as a non-abrasive facial scrub. A facial brush or shaving brush may be helpful in this process.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Beauty Tip Of The Day

If your teeth are discolored, don't wear a pale colored lipstick. Your teeth will appear dirtier and yellowy.

Official Presenting Sponsor of SS&S '08:Softsheen-Carson

We are proud to announce that Softsheen-Carson is the Official Presenting Sponsor of our Sparkle, Shimmer & Shine event held in Los Angeles. Softsheen-Carson will fill the gift bags with their new Weave Care products. This years event is hosted by R&B singer Kelis at the House of Petals in West Hollywood.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Beauty Tip Of The Day

When filling in eyebrows, use a shade (pencil, shadow, wax,etc) one shade lighter than eyebrow hairs to keep brow soft.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Beauty Tip Of The Day

To maintain a natural appearance, always make sure foundation and other makeup is blended very well.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Beauty Tip Of The Day

Wrap ice cubes in a thin cloth and rub lightly all over the face and the neck. Not only does this help in reducing the puffiness around the eys and face, but it also closes your pores.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Mischo Beauty Review

Check out the latest review of some of our products from Illusions Cosmetics. Thanks Kitiya!!

Beauty Tip Of The Day

When applying foundation to Women of Color, keep in mind that more than one color of foundation may be needed to match the skin tones.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Beauty Tip Of The Day

When applying foundation dont just apply a color that matches the face, but apply one that matches the neck.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Beauty Tip Of The Day

Prolonged sun exposure can irritate the skin and close the pores, thus leading to acne.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Beauty Tip of The Day

To brighten any complexion, try a pop of cream blush on the apples of the cheeks.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Beauty Tip Of The Day

To tame those unruly eyebrows, try using a brow wax after filling in your brows with color.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Beauty Tip Of The Day

Get 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Its good old fashioned "beauty sleep". To aid in getting to sleep, you can try sipping on your favorite 'night time' tea. Some favorites are: Chamomile (any brand), Celestial Seasonings' Sleepytime tea, Bigelow's Sweet Dreams tea, and Sipping Beauty's Beauty Sleep tea (new favorite -

Monday, April 07, 2008

Beauty Tip Of The Day

Beauty starts and ends with 'foundation'. Focusing on self-image comes and goes with beauty. The only way to achieve that focus is with the right 'foundation' - clean, glowing, beautiful skin. Always start with the best 'foundation' as possible. Do not focus on 'covering up', but enhancing. Be Beautiful and Blessed!!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Beauty Tip Of The Day

To get a heavier and more concentrated application of makeup, choose brushes that have tight bristles.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Beauty Tip Of The Day

To prevent potential breakout from dirty makeup brush use, wash your makeup brushes with an antibacterial soap or moisturizing shampoo at least once per week.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Beauty Tip Of The Day

To reduce appearance of dark circles,
1) Decrease your stress levels
2) Get more sleep
3) Increase the Vitamin K in your diet
4) Conceal with makeup