Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Beauty Product Shopping Made Easy

If you are looking for a 'one stop shop' to purchase your beauty products, be sure to check out Spiral Haircase (http://www.spiralhaircase.com). Spiral Haircase offers haircare, nail care, skin care, cosmetics (coming soon), and tanning products. Illusions Cosmetics is happy to announce the special promotion that is offered through www.spiralhaircase.com. For clients that order before June 30, 2009 and use the special coupon code BBBCILLUBTY1, they will receive 10% off of their first order. All orders will show a shipping charge of $5.95 at checkout. If your total purchases total more than $30 before discount, shipping charges will be removed prior to your credit card being processed. Please allow 14 days for your order to arrive. Have fun when ordering and let us know what you find!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Beauty Tip of The Week

There are quite a few women (mostly women of color) who are burdened with trying to figure out how to lighten their dark underarms. In order to do this, we must consider the source. Here are a few reasons for dark armpits:

1) Uric acid (from sweat)
2) Dark, thick shaved hairs beneath the skin (shaved hairs are removed from the top of the follice and not beneath)
3) Certain brands of deodarants & antiperspirants
4) Buildup of dead skin cells

Tip: To lighten underarm area, wax and do not shave. Waxing will remove the entire hair from the follicle and will not leave visible hair underneath the skin. Exfoliating dead skin cells will also aid in the lightening process.

Any questions, submit them to info@illusionsbeauty.com

Be Beautiful & Blessed!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Weekly Beauty Deal

Beauty Deal of The Week:

The weather is starting to heat up and so should your makeup look. Take advantage of our 'beauty deal' this week.

Beauty Deal:

Buy ANY Illusions Cosmetics product at regular price and get the second product for 50% off!!

This beauty deal starts today, Sunday, April 26th and expires on Saturday, May 2, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

Ask Illusions

Ask Illusions:


Hi Denise,

I did my research and discovered you were the makeup artist on the set of 'atl.' :)

I have loooved makeup my whole life and have really enjoyed playing with colors and looks over the years. I am a true, true makeup connoiseur :)
I have a four year old now and as much as I'd love to glam up each day, I have less and less time to do my face each morning.
could you please tell me what products you used on lauren london to create her beautifully natural makeup look in the movie 'Atl' (brands and shades)? I am especially interested in knowing what you used on her lips, ie. liners and glosses, eye makeup, etc...

Thank You So Much :)



Hi Kiki! Thanks for reaching out to me. I used my products from my cosmetics line Illusions Cosmetics (www.illusionsbeauty.com). As far as base/foundation on her face, I hate to admit it, but we used Bare Minerals powder. I forget the colors. Mineral makeup is not great for film. Bare Minerals had a lot of shimmer in it. I had to use powder from my line to remove some of the shimmer (without Lauren knowing :-)). Lauren wanted to use the Bare Minerals, but that was her first movie so she didn't really know what was good for film or not. She just knew that she liked Bare Minerals and wanted to use it. Some of the colors from my line that I used were: lips- Nectar, Tropical (these colors are very sheer). Blush - pink ice, azaleaEyes - ladies night, Prissy, sunshine, peach ice (one of these colors were used on most days depending on the scenes). Some days other colors may have been used depending on her wardrobe in a particular scene. I hope this helps.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Beauty Talk With Illusions on Blog Talk Radio

Coming, April 30, 2009 at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio is Beauty Talk With Illusions and Beauty blogger Lianne Farbes (The Makeup Girl). Lianne will join us to talk about beauty and the impact that she has on the beauty industry with her blog. To join us on the show, go to www.blogtalkradio.com/illusions-cosmetics or call in to 914.803-4399.

For more information, contact us at info@illusionsbeauty.com

Beauty Tip Of The Week

Applying Bronzer:
Now that summer is approaching, more women are wearing bronzers and shimmer powders. If you are going to wear them, they must be worn properly.

1) If you are going to wear foundation, apply it first before applying bronzer.
2) Apply bronzer to your brush and tap off excess.
3) Using circular motions, apply to your hairline, jawline, chin, cheeks, and the bridge of your nose.

Some brands of bronzers that I like:
Illusions Cosmetics (coming soon)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Beauty Deal Of The Week

Weekly Beauty Deal - Week of April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

This 'Beauty Deal' is for ALL Beauty Bloggers. All purchases made on http://www.illusionsbeauty.com/ by a beauty blogger will receive 20% off of total purchases.

* Please provide us with the link to your 'beauty' blog when ordering or at info@illusionsbeauty.com.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Love, Love, Love It!!!!!!

Gillette Venus Embrace

I absolutely LOVE this razor. I'm normally afraid to use razors alot, but this one is the best. It gave me such a smooth shave. I did not nick myself once. It left my skin feeling silky smooth. I also love the fact that I have somewhere to store the razor in the shower. I would definately recommend this product.

Beauty Tip Of The Week

Spring 2009 Bridal Beauty Tips

Bridal season is rapidly approaching. Illusions Cosmetics wants to help you create a beautiful makeup look by sharing a few Bridal makeup tips. Following these tips will help you to create makeup looks that you will treasure on your wedding day and years to come in your wedding video and photos.
1)Your skin should be healthy and refreshed.
2) All facial waxing (brows, lip, chin) should be done at least two weeks before the big day. Only minor cleanup should be done, if necessary, on the day of the wedding.
3)Cheek color should be very subtle with shades of peach and pinks.
4)Pastels and shades of caramels and browns can be used on the eyes for a soft look. Pinks, corals, reds, and wines should be used to give the lips a pop of color.

Your wedding look should not look like your everyday makeup look. There should definitely be a difference in what you apply and how much you apply. Apply enough foundation to give you the proper coverage for your photos. This look should not be the same as your ‘day’ look or your ‘evening’ look. The remaining tips are more suggestions on making your big day perfect.

1. Apply a makeup primer before applying foundation on your wedding day. The primer forms a barrier between your skin and the makeup and it helps the makeup stay on all day.
2. Avoid trendy eye shadow colors so that your makeup won't look dated in your wedding photos.
3. Get your makeup professionally applied. It makes a huge difference in your photos
4. Use water proof mascara.
5. Using a charcoal, navy or mahogany eye liner will look a lot softer than black or brown liners that often have a severe look.
6. Pale lip colors will make you look washed out with a white gown; therefore try brighter lip colors on your wedding day.
7. Avoid using eye shadows with shimmer
8. Prime the eye so that eye shadow will last all day.
9. Use foundations with a yellow undertone, they create a warm, healthy appearance in photos.
10. Avoid alcohol and certain foods, the night before your wedding. Misuse of alcohol will have you looking less than your best on your wedding day.

For more tips, stay tuned to Beauty Talk With Illusions. You can also check us out on Blog Talk Radio at www.blogtalkradio.com/illusions-cosmetics.

Monday, April 13, 2009

L'Oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

When I first received the L'Oreal Paris EverPure products (shampoo & conditioner) in the mail, I wasn't sure they would work well with my hair type. My hair is naturally curly and kinky. I thought that I would try the products for a month before doing the review ( I only shampoo once a week). I just figured that I would need products that were geared towards women of color. Boy was I wrong about these products!! They were amazing! The shampoo is scented with rosemary and juniper. It lathered very well ,even on the first shampoo. It left my hair feeling very soft and well moisturised without using a lot of product. The conditioner is scented with rosemary and mint. It left my hair soft and manageable and full of body. It didn't have a dull look. The great thing about these products are, they are sulfate-free, contain Vitamin E, do not strip hair of color, and they are 100% vegan. What more can you ask for??!!

For more product reviews, go tohttp://www.totalbeauty.com/productreview

Beauty Deal Of The Week

Illusions Cosmetics Weekly 'Beauty Deal': For the week of April 12, 2009 - April 18, 2009

Buy any 3 Lustre lipglosses (from Cinematic Faves or Young Hollywood collection) and receive a free lipgel.

To make your Lustre lipgloss selections, go to http://www.illusionsbeauty.com/

Offer expires: Sat, April 18, 2009

Monday, April 06, 2009

Beauty Tip Of The Week

Lately, I've been talking to people who have not practiced the best facial cleansing habits. It is VERY important to cleanse your skin properly, both morning and night. Even on the days that you are not wearing makeup, but you are wearing the outside ELEMENTS (dust, dirt, pollen, etc) you should cleanse twice a day.

Always cleanse your face! Always cleanse your face with a facial cleanser.

Be Beautiful & Blessed!!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Ask Illusions

Q. What are the basic 10 makeup brushes that I should have?

A. In my opinion, a basic set of makeup brushes should include:

1) powder brush
2) blush brush
3) lip brush
4) eyshadow fluff brush
5) eyeshadow crease brush
6) eyebrow brush
7) eyeliner brush

These are the basic 7 brushes. If you want 10 brushes, then add a foundation brush, a kabuki brush, and some type of dual ended eyebrush. Hopefully this helps.
For more answers to your questions, send questions to info@illusionsbeauty.com

Beauty Deal Of The Week

Beauty Deal Of The Week for week ending April 11, 2009

Illusions Cosmetics is offering the following 'Beauty Deal' (offer expires Sat, April 11, 2009):

1) Buy the complete set of the 'Young Hollywood' collection of Lustre lipglosses for only $48 (a $54 value)

2) Buy any 3 lustre lipglosses from the 'Young Hollywood' collection for $25