Monday, August 30, 2010

Party Prep!

Whether it’s night out or the big day, enjoy a beautiful celebration. Check out these tips for getting party-prepped and picture-perfect in a snap!

It’s easy to go from professional woman by day to glamour girl at night with the right tricks in your makeup bag. No complete redo required. I wanna share with you how to sparkle up your nine-to-five look for an after-five celebration.

Natural Eye Look

A natural eye look for the day doesn’t mean you’re limited to only neutral shades. Try lightly applying a colorful accent shade that you can deepen for evening.

For a daytime look, apply a thin line of eyeliner along the top lashes and use your highlight and accent colors to softly line the bottom lashline.

Transform this look for night by applying a slightly thicker liner of eyeliner along top lashes or using a darker shade over the existing line. Line the lower lashes with eyeliner as well and softly smudge if desired.

Smokey  Eye Look

Apply another coat of mascara for more dramatic evening lashes. Change your lip liner, lipstick & gloss to bolder shades with shimmer and high shine. While the general rule is to play up either eyes or lips, an evening event is perfect for going glam. So don’t be afraid to pump up the color to make eyes and lips more dramatic.

Illuminate a tired look with a touch-up from the Mary Kay Facial Highlighting Pen under eyes & along the smile lines.

Freshen up your face and help control shine with a little press powder. Or dust face, neck & de`collete with bronze highlighting powder. Give cheeks a touch more color- and let the evening begin!

Xoxo Nichole

Thursday, August 26, 2010

My 1st Contest!!!

Hey, I'm so bless to have reached 300 subbies and it's time to have a thank you contest to say thank you.
Just check out my video and enter the contest for your chance to win. Let the colors of the rainbow inspire the creativity that's locked inside. I'm so excited to see what the ladies are going to come up with. I love color and it's fun to see what kind of inspiration the ladies will show.

This is pic that I found inspiration from and now I want to share this with my subbies. My first contest with some really great prizes to give away all from Mary Kay! So come and get in on the fun and let your creativity run wild and vivid with bold and bright colors.

The Mary Kay Gift Package
(valued @ $68.00)

Mary Kay Satin Hands Pampering Set (Peach)
Mary Kay Nurishine Lip gloss ( cream & sugar)
Mary Kay Lip Liner (Dark Chocolate)
Mary Kay Lash Lengthening Mascara (black)
Handmade earrings (Designs By Nichole)

Monday, August 23, 2010

E.L.F. Beauty Book Review

Smokey Eye Edition

OMG! This is one of the best beauty books that I have ever owned and the fact that you get so much for a great price. I heard so much about these beauty books and seeing all the girls on YouTube creating beautiful looks with them it was a matter of time before I would get me one, went online to order them and there it was OUT OF STOCK!

I would get so mad cause I really wanted them but couldn't order them, then I heard that elf is now at Target, I almost lost my mind, I headed to my nearest Target and there they had a very small display for e.l.f., I was like what the hell is this, they didn't have a large selection to choose from, but what I did find is what I been longing for, my beauty books. They only had two books there and they were they Eyes Bright Edition & The Smokey Eye Edition. You know i was beside myself with glee for having these two books in my possession. Got home and checked the books out and fell in love with them off the back. The Eye Brights Edition has 12 of the most beautiful colors in the palette, it comes with an eyeliner in black and a eyeshadow applicator, along with some instructions on applying the shadows, great for first timers whose new to makeup and is a good guide to achieve a fun luck. I did some swatches of the colors for the smokey eye edition and the colors are very rich and pigmented, so that's a plus in my book. There are some matte & shimmer shadows in this fun palette. Here's the inside of the smokey eye edition along with swatches of the colors of this excellent, beautiful palette all 12 colors.

The inside of the smokey eye palette

This is the first row of colors
(White, silvery black, black, silver)

Second Row of colors
(Gray,  Brown, Tan, Sand)

Third row of colors
(Light taupe, peach, copper, gold)

Eye Brights Eye Edition

This is a fun an bright eyeshadows that;s great for spring/summer. Colors are just prefect for that flirty and romantic, girlie looks and you can create a vast range of looks that this palette has to offer. To me elf cosmetics has some of the best cosmetics for great prices that we all can afford even on a budget. They are soft, shimmery & matte finishes.  Take a look at the swatches from this beautiful palette, and see why so many women love these books.

Top row of colors
(shimmery white, shimmery tan, shimmery lavender, shimmery gold)

second row of colors
(shimmery light gold, shimmery green, shimmery sea blue green, shimmery  dark brown)

last row of colors
(shimmery gray, shimmery purple, shimmery burgundy, shimmery black)

As far as I'm concern this is just one of the best beauty books out there and the fact that you can purchase these little darlings at a Target store near you, for a small price of $5 and that's a steal in my book. For a small price your getting alot and it's worth the price, cause the payoff is great. When your using these shadows you need to use a base for the color to hold and give you that POP. The shadows are powdery and there's fallout from some of the colors, but that's an over sight that can be over looked lol! In a short period I have become an elf lover and I can't think why it has taken me so long to get on the band wagon, this is just one hell of a company to supply our beauty needs for a reasonable price that's gentle on the check book. I highly recommend this elf beauty book.

Great pigmentation
Great price
Great for everyday wear
Playful colors
Great gift

To much shimmer

Smokey Look created using the smokey eye edition

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My Review of Eyebrow Stencil

Originally submitted at

Achieve perfectly shaped brows to accentuate your face. The reusable stencil is easy to use and with 4 stencils: Curved Arch, Soft Arch, Structured Arch and Full Arch to choose from, it makes these brow stencils suitable for all brow shapes. Now your brows can look picture perfect everyday!


By Nichole C. from Detroit, MI on 8/17/2010


5out of 5

Pros: Great Design, Easy To Use, Compact, Functional

Best Uses: Going Out, Travel, Everyday

Describe Yourself: Trendy Style

I must confess that this is just great. I have always had issues with my brows now with this stencil, I have the prefect brows now! You can't go wrong with this. great for filling in and you can change it up if you like. I even use it on my daughter's brow. Thanks alot elf for this wonderful product.

Checkout the brows


Tags: Made with Product


Saturday, August 14, 2010

My Review

Awsome Beauty Book!

By Nichole Clinton from Detroit, MI on 8/14/2010


4out of 5

Pros: Teenager Friendly, Long Lasting, Good Value, Versatile, Fabulous, Easy To Apply, Good Pigmentation, Fun, A Steal, Great against brown skin

Cons: Fallout

Best Uses: Normal Skin, Sensitive Skin, Dry Skin, Daily Use, Special Occasions

Describe Yourself: Trendy Style

Skin Tone: Deep

Age: 35-44

I'm so in love with this product because of the beautiful and fun pigmented colors.

I use this beauty book when I want to create fun smokey looks or just create a look that's fun.

What's great about Eye Bright Edition is that my teenage daughter can use it and the colors compliments her skin tone. It's soft to the touch and can take it with you where ever you go.

The only thing I don't like is; that it has some fallout when your applying the product. But I found a great way to counter attack that- is by have dusting powder under my eyes when applying shadow.

For $5 you can't beat that, so stack up, cause they are going fast.


Sunday, August 8, 2010


Nefertiti's bust with eye shadow applied ~1320 BC

The history of cosmetics spans at least 6000 years of human history, and almost every society on earth.

The first archaeological evidence of cosmetics usage is found in Ancient Egypt around 4000 BC. The Ancient Greeks and Romans also used cosmetics.
 The Romans and Ancient Egyptians, not realizing their dangerous properties, used cosmetics containing mercury and white lead.
 Fragrances, particularly frankincense and myrrh are mentioned in the Christian Bible: Exodus 30: 34, Gospel of Matthew 2:11. Ancient Egyptians had a wide extent of make-up utensils. One of them is kohl, which was used to outline the eyes. It is made up of lead, copper, burned almonds, soot, and other ingredients. It was believed that eye make-up could ward off evil spirits and improve the sight.
Even the poor wore eye make-up in ancient Egypt. The production of cosmetics during ancient Rome was usually done by female slaves called Cosmetae.

                                                 Egyptian cosmetics box from the Bronze Age

The cosmetic uses of kohl and henna have their roots in north Africa. Cosmetics were used in Persia and what is today the Middle East from ancient periods.  After Arab tribes converted to Islam and conquered those areas, in some areas cosmetics were only restricted if they were to disguise the real look in order to mislead or cause uncontrolled desire. In Islamic Law, there is no prohibition on wearing cosmetics, but there are requirements as stated above. And that the cosmetics must not be made of harmfull substances as to harm ones body.

An early teacher was Abu al-Qssum al-Zahrawi, or Abulcasis, who wrote the 24-volume medical encyclopedia Al-Tasrif.. A chapter of the 19th volume was dedicated to cosmetics. As the treatise was translated into Latin, the cosmetic chapter was used in the West. Al-Zahrawi considered cosmetics a branch of medicine, which he called "Medicine of Beauty" (Adwiyat al-Zinah). He deals with perfumes, scented aromatics and incense. There were perfumed stocks rolled and pressed in special moulds, perhaps the earliest antecedents of present day lipsticks and solid deodorants. He also used oily substances called Adhan for medication and beautification

                                      A Beijing opera performer with traditional stage make up.
Chinese people began to stain their fingernails with gum arabic, gelatin, beeswax and egg from around 3000 BCE.] The colors used represented social class: Chou dynasty royals wore gold and silver; later royals wore black or red. The lower classes were forbidden to wear bright colors on their nails.

A maiko in the Gion district of Kyoto, Japan, in full make-up. The style of the lipstick indicates that she is still new

In Japan, geisha wore lipstick made of crushed safflower petals to paint the eyebrows and edges of the eyes as well as the lips, and sticks of bintsuke wax, a softer version of the sumo wrestlers' hair wax, were used by geisha as a makeup base. Rice powder colors the face and back; rouge contours the eye socket and defines the nose. Ohaguro (black paint) colours the teeth for the ceremony, called Erikae, when maiko (apprentice geisha) graduate and become independent. The geisha would also sometimes use bird droppings to compile a lighter color.

1889 painting Woman at her Toilette by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

In the Middle Ages it was thought sinful and immoral to wear makeup by Church leaders, but many women still adopted the fad . From the Renaissance up until the 20th Century the lower classes had to work outside, in agricultural jobs and the typically light-colored European's skin was darkened by exposure to the sun. The higher a person was in status, the more leisure time he or she had to spend indoors, which kept their skin pale. Thus, the highest class of European society were pale resulting in European men and mostly women attempting to lighten their skin directly, or using white powder on their skin to look more aristocratic.  A variety of products were used, including white lead paint which also may have contained arsenic, which also poisoned women and killed many. Queen Elizabeth I of England was one well-known user of white lead, with which she created a look known as "the Mask of Youth". Portraits of the queen by Nicholas Hilliard from later in her reign are illustrative of her influential style.

Audience applying makeup at lecture by beautician in Los Angeles, circa 1950

During the early years of the 20th century, make-up became fashionable in the United States of America and Europe owing to the influence of ballet and theatre stars such as Mathilde Kschessinska and Sarah Bernhardt. But the most influential new development of all was that of the movie industry in Hollywood. Among those who saw the opportunity for mass-market cosmetics were Max Factor, Sr., Elizabeth Arden, and Helena Rubinstein.  Modern synthetic hair dye was invented in 1907 by Eugene Schueller, founder of L'OrĂ©al. He also invented sunscreen in 1936.

Flapper style influenced the cosmetics of the 1920s, which embraced dark eyes, red lipstick, red nail polish, and the suntan, invented as a fashion statement by Coco Chanel. Previously, suntans had only been sported by agricultural workers, while fashionable women kept their skins as pale as possible. In the wake of Chanel's adoption of the suntan, dozens of new fake tan products were produced to help both men and women achieve the "sun-kissed" look. In Asia, skin whitening continued to represent the ideal of beauty, as it does to this day.During the 1960s and 1970s, many women in the western world influenced by feminism decided to go without any cosmetics. The anti-cosmetics movement was an outgrowth of this; feminists in this movement object to cosmetics' role in the second-class status of women, making them mere sex-objects who must waste time with cosmetics. Cosmetics in the 1970s were divided into a "natural look" for day and a more sexualized image for evening.

Modern developments in technology, such as the High shear mixer have facilitated the production of cosmetics which are more natural looking and have greater staying power in wear than their predecessors.

Cosmetic deodorant was invented in 1888, by an unknown inventor from Philadelphia, and was trademarked under the name Mumm. Roll-on deodorant was launched in 1952, and aerosol deodorant in 1965.