Sunday, January 31, 2010

Beauty Tip

For everyday wear, use a flat/matte bronzer to warm up the skin. Apply a shimmer bronzer as blush.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Beauty Deal

Buy any two Illusions Cosmetics products ( at regular price and receive the third product for 1/2 off.

*Beauty Deal valid until Saturday, January 30,2010.

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Be Beautiful & Blessed

Denise Tunnell

Beauty Tip

To help lipstick to last throughout the day, apply a lip primer to the lips before applying lipstick.

*Apply primer after applying a lip moisturizer.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

HELP Haiti

Here is an email that I received from Michael DeVellis, Executive Director of The Powder Group. I thought it was too important and informative not to repost.

By now we have all heard of the devastating situation caused by the earthquake in Haiti. We have also been tweeted and facebooked many times about how we can help. We may also have - in the midst of our feelings of empathy and compassion for those effected by this unimaginable tragedy - felt that we are having a tough enough time ourselves right now and that as much as we'd like to help, we are unfortunately not in a position to do anything given our own personal financial situation right now. We at The Powder Group understand how difficult this year has been financially for so many in our community - artists, brands, educators alike - and have also been working hard just to stay afloat. That said - we hope that each and every one of us can take the time today to consider how lucky we are and how good we have it considering the difficult, insurmountable times that are ahead for the people of Haiti.  We implore each of you in the Global Makeup Community to do whatever you can - as little or as much as that may be - to help the cause and make a difference today. We have compiled a current list of some links and information that we hope will be helpful to help you make decisions about how you can help. Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti and all of you who have family or friends who have been effected by this tragedy.
Michael DeVellis,Executive Director, The Powder Group
Red Cross Text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.  The cell phone carriers will not be taking any of the profits. Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti ReliefText "YELE" to 501501 to donate $5 to the fund.*To date Yele and Red Cross have together generated over $1 million in SMS message donations. Please keep the money coming!Salvation Army Canada Canadians text "HAITI" to 45678 to donate $5.00 to The Salvation Army's efforts in Haiti from any Rogers Wireless or Bell Mobility phone. Donors will then receive a message asking them to confirm their donation with a YES reply. The proceeds of each text donation will support the ongoing efforts to serve the victims of the recent horrific earthquake that has left thousands dead and many more without adequate food, clean water or shelter.
Whole Foods When you make a purchase the cashier will ask if you would like to make a donation for Haitian relief.  $1, $5, or $10 amounts may be donated.
Floridians may visit any Publix grocery store and when you make your purchase you can donate any sum of money to Haitian relief with your grocery purchase
Each of the following organizations have fund raising efforts in place to earmark donations for Haitian relief.
The main page of their websites provide details.
Haiti Relief Fund
Haiti Action
Lamp for Haiti
Habitat for Humanity
Red Cross
Salvation Army
Doctors Without Borders
Mercy Corps

FOR YOUR INFORMATION...-UPS has donated $1 million-Nestle has donated $1 million worth of bottled water-Google has pledged $1 million in support and set up a special page for donations and added updated satellite imagery of the region to Google Maps-Microsoft has pledged $1.2 million in cash and will match employee contributions of up to $12,000 per worker as a part of their ongoing matching gift program.-Walmart has donated $500,000 cash and $100,000 in prepackaged food.-Verizon has pledged $100,000 and will match employee contributions of up to $1,000 per worker.-Western Union has committed $250,000 in support and is offering no-fee money transfer services to Haiti from the US, Canada and France. is matching all donations that come into their website up to $200,000- Humana Inc is donating $100,000 and matching from associates on a dollar for dollar up to an additional $50,000 for a total donation of $150,000.-Bank of America has made a $1 million commitment, including a $500,000 grant to the American Red Cross for the Haitian Relief and Development Fund. The remaining $500,000 contribution will be directed towards the long-term recovery efforts.-Many companies including Design Within Reach, M Booth & Associates Public Relations and Intel are sponsoring matching gift programs for their employees. Check with your business about this type of program to maximize your support!-Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders to support-Morgan Stanley gave $1 million to Red Cross-Disney has donated $100,000-Viacom announced a $500,000 matching-gift program, with donations going to the Red Cross' disaster efforts.MISINFORMED...Misinformation has also been circulating about ways to help, or ways businesses are helping. Please note the following:- Jet Blue and American airlines are NOT currently offering free flights to any nurse or doctor willing to offer their aid in Haiti- UPS is NOT shipping anything under 50lbs to Haiti for free* Please be cautious when spreading any support information, make sure it is correct so that our efforts are not in vein.* Please note that the above information has been developed as a public service and that the information listed is as accurate as possible. Donors should take measures to ensure the legitimacy of their donation sites. The Powder Group is not liable for any errors or omissions nor liabilities of donors or organizations above.
Be Beautiful & Blessed

Denise Tunnell

Friday, January 22, 2010

Eyekon Styles

On Thursday, January 21st., our guest on "Beauty Talk" on BlogTalk Radio was Ms. Sylvia Akuchie of Eyekon Styles. Sylvia is a fashion stylist for some of today's hottest R&B stars as well as for film and television. Sylvia shared information on how she got started in the fashion styling business, as well as the looks she's created for some of her clients. She also chatted with us about some of her "Best Dressed" favorites from this years Golden Globe Awards. One of our guest from the chat room asked Sylvia what are 5 must haves for women in regards to their wardrobe, Check out how Sylvia answered....

5 Wardrobe Must-Haves for women:

*Straight Leg Jean (that can be worn day & night)

*Black pumps (platform)

*Simple Black Dress

*Hoops (or studs)

*Simple white t-shirt or blouse

Also, I asked Sylvia "whats hot for Spring 2010", here's how she responded....

What's Hot for Spring 2010:

*1 piece outfit

*Mixed metals

*Boyfriend blazers/tank tops/shorts

*Ethnic prints and patterns

*Head pieces and Accessories

We enjoyed having Sylvia on the show. If you didn't hear it, go check it out at Keep your eyes out for this Eyekon, Sylvia is definitley one to watch. Her website is coming soon at In the mean time, you can email Sylvia at

Monday, January 18, 2010

Beauty Deal - ML King Day

In honor of the ML King Holiday, Illusions Cosmetics is offering 25% off of your total order at
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This Beauty Deal is valid for Monday, January 18, 2010 only.
Enjoy the holiday everyone!!

Beauty Tip

Beauty Tip

Use eye cream daily to prevent wrinkles and dark circles under the eye. 'Dark Circles' may be caused by skin irritation due to dry skin.

Haiti Needs Our Help

Of course by now, we have all heard about the devastation in Haiti with the 7.0 earthquake. We at Illusions Cosmetics are asking that you do what you can by donating your time and efforts in supporting this country. You can organize events where you collect clothing, water, disposable gloves, sheets, and other necessary items. You can also support the Haiti relief effort by texting 'YELE' to 501501. $5 will be charged to your cell phone bill and collected by Wyclef"s non-profit organization to help Haiti. You can text up to 6 times from any one particular cell number. Thank you all for any part that you can play in this relief effort.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Grooming Lounge with Marvin Church

We at Illusions Cosmetics are pleased to bring to you "The Grooming Lounge" with Marvin Church. Marvin will from time to time answer questions on grooming for our male followers. Now , a little info about Marvin. Marvin is known as "Marv the Barb" and for the past 20 years has been known as "a man of his craft". He is an Educator and Grooming Consultant. His work can be seen on numerous media and television productions and his celebrity clientele ranges from Stevie Wonder, Hill Harper, Brad Pitt, and Jay-Z to name a few. Help us welcome Marvin to "Beauty Talk" and check out his Male Grooming tips below:

Grooming Tips By "Marv the Barb":

1.Cleanse your face with a cleanser

2. Apply a hot towel to the face to moisten and relax the bearded areas

3.Massage the face with pre-shaving oil to soften your beard and protect the skin for a smoother shave

4. Apply warm shaving cream to the face

5.Apply razor to the face. Stroke with the grain of hair. If neccessary, relather the face for a second pass. For a perfect shave, always stretch the skin before shaving the bearded area

6.After shaving, apply a warm towel to remove any hair and shave cream residue

7. Apply an after shave lotion or balm to the cleaned shaved areas (Alcohol and grooming products that have alcohol properties are not skin healing. Alcohol dries the skin out. May cause bad irritation and a case of ingrown hairs)

8.Apply a cold towel to close the pores and lock in after shave balm

Note: (Always identify with the skin types before shaving face. If the skin has excessive skin irritation, consult a physician or dermatologist to determine if skin can be shaved)

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Beauty Tip

Beauty Tip

Use loose powder as a sheer foundation. This helps to take down shine on the face and creates a smooth even look to the skin.

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Beauty Deal Of The Week

Beauty Deal

Buy any Eyedust for the regular price ($12) and get the 2nd for FREE

Go to for product information and details. Take advantage of this deal while supplies last.

* This Beauty Deal is valid from Monday, January 10th - Saturday, January 15th.

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Monday, January 04, 2010

Beauty Tip

Beauty Tip

Many wonder how they can apply their makeup without them looking too made up. I will address this as simply as I can. Makeup should be worn according to your particular taste. To prevent a makeup application from looking too made up, one must apply, blend, and build. Regardless of what you are applying, eyeshadow, blush , or lipstick you need to go through the following:

1) Apply product

2) Blend product and stop to examine to see if the application is to your liking. If not, continue to step 3

3) Build product application by adding more product. After adding more product, go to step 2 and blend. Examine the application again and continue to step 3 if necessary.
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