Friday, March 07, 2014

Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Makeup

I am always on the hunt for something new and different when it comes to makeup and beauty products. I was looking around for different ways to use makeup and I was excited to be asked to share this cool guest post with you. It contains several new ways of using regular beauty products that I had not thought of before. A few I alreay do, but I am sure there are some tips and tricks for you!

Guest Post:
Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Makeup From Founder Casey Casterline

Let’s face it, buying makeup can get expensive. And the only thing worse than the expense is realizing that you really don’t use certain products very often. With that in mind, Casey Casterline, co-founder of, a popular beauty sample swapping site, offers up some ways to get the most out of the makeup in your daily regimen.

“I live in a small New York City apartment, if I didn't come up with creative ways to use the products, I wouldn't have any place to sleep,” says Casterline. The following tips are great ways to use products in a unique fashion or have them pull double-duty.
Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Makeup

Mascara Wands
Use as eyebrow brushes or spritz a little hairspray on them and use to tame pesky flyaways.

If it doesn’t match your skin tone it may serve perfectly as an eye shadow primer.

Lip Sticks
Have your lipstick pull double-duty as a blush if you realize you’ve run out at the last minute.

Powder Eye Liner
Add a little water to powder eye liner to turn it into a liquid for a different look.

Eye Shadow
Shadows that match your roots can easily be brushed in to hide them if your hair has grown out a bit. Also, apply a dark shadow to your eyelashes prior to your mascara to give them a boost in volume.

Plain Lip Balm
Apply around the inside of the eye with your finger to act as a highlighter.

Allow a light mist of hairspray to fall on your face after you’ve applied your makeup to set it for the day.

Eye Cream
Use a hydrating eye cream in the place of lip balm if you run out. It will keep your lips supple and give them a light shine.

About eDivv launched in 2014 and was created by Casey Casterline and Jon Katz. It was the first online community created exclusively for users to swap beauty samples.

image courtesy of and nixxphotography

Monday, February 17, 2014

Zoya Nail Polish For The Girly Girl in You

I have realized in my advancing age, that there are a few things that you can do on a regular basis to help you feel like a woman. I am not one to spend a lot of money of girly girl things, but I do have my weaknesses. One of them is handbags, the other is jewelry and the third is quickly becoming nail polish. I used to get my nail professionally done years ago but now, I keep them short due to teaching, but I realized that I can have fun with great nail polish and not have to spend a lot. After all, a decent polish is $6-$12 or so depending and you change it often enough that one bottle will last a long time.
I had been hearing about the Zoya line of polishes for a few months and a few weeks ago they had a nice sale so I splurged a bit and came away with 4 fun colors that I get to play with. They are in order:

Pepper (new)
Normani (new nude)

Two of these are normal shades and two have a bit of gloss to them and they are all very pretty! They applied wonderfully and wore well, even though I type a lot all day. I love the color choices and every month Zoya comes out with new ones. You can go nuts over there! I know I did!
The picture here is the color Mason. It is a beautiful cross between pink and purple and I think it is my current favorite!

What color is your favorite?

Sunday, February 02, 2014

LeMystere Bras and Panties For Your Hot Valentine's Night

What every woman needs to know about special occasion bras to be ready for Valentine's Day.

The most important date night is coming. Once a year, we get to have a special day with just me and the hubby so I am going to make it extra memorable this year with some special occasion bra's and panties from LeMystere. There are a few things that we woman need to feel special and a beautiful set of lingerie pieces is one of the things that makes me feel great.

Here is something that I learned a long time ago - Every woman should have at least the following styles in her wardrobe:

1. T-shirt Bra- Nude is invisible under lights and whites, but so is red! You need one nude, one black, and one red. You will be smooth and sexy and no one will know what color you’re wearing under there. This will become your go-to work or for general Holiday attire.

2. Strapless/Convertible- This style is key for special occasion dresses, racer back tanks, and tube tops. Get a strapless that comes with a set of removable straps for the most versatility…it can also transform into a halter style and a racerback. Genius! Also, look for a strapless with silicone strips on the back wings of the bra. This will ensure your bra never slips.

3. Sexy Lacy Bra- This is the key style for date nights or just feeling good about yourself. Lace bras can be worn with heavier knits and sheer silk shirts for a flirty look.

One more thing: for the smoothest t-shirt bra, look for a bra which has an overlock binding, like the LeMystere 9955 Dream Tisha as recommended by Oprah or 955 Tisha to ensure a flawless look under even the tightest fitted Holiday attire. Plus when you order through this site you get Free Shipping on all orders and 10% off when you sign up for emails.

Check out their Valentine's Day Specials going on right now for your special hot ate night. make this one a night to remember!

This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own