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BeautyBloggers.Org Charity Auction for 2011

November 22, 2011
Our lovely Karla Sugar is hosting the BeautyBloggers.Org Charity Auction again this year! You can shop for a  cause this year to benefit Doctors Without Borders. Beauty bloggers and brands have joined forces to donate a treasure trove of the best lotions, potions, products, and gadgets. The auction will be live Monday, November 28th through Monday, December 12th. When the auction ends, winning bidders make their donations directly to Doctors Without Borders, through the site’s secure giving page.

This year I donated two brand new bottles of Chanel Le Vernis hard-to-find shades:
Khaki Vert and Riva (listing for the duo is here).

Note that even though you can’t start bidding until the 28th, you can register and can “bookmark” your favorite items. When you register with the site, your first name, last name, and email address are private.  You should use an email address you check regularly, because that’s how we will get in touch with the winning bidders.  Email addresses will not be used for any other purpose. Even if you registered last year, you have to do it again this year.
For more details, visit the FAQ page.

Bargain Shopping Haul from Target

July 23, 2009

I have to admit, when it comes to beauty products, I’m a high-end snob 99% of the time, but as soon as I saw Karla Sugar’s review, “New Brush Discovery!” featuring Studio Tools, I ran right away to Target to track down this steal.

What I came home with, from top to bottom:
* Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush in Pink #14 – $8.99
* Sonia Kasuk Eye Definer in Iced Coffee #24 – $5.99
* Studio Tools Crease Brush – $1.99
* Studio Tools Smudge Brush – $2.49

Sonia Kashuk Eye Liner in Iced Coffee Swatch & Pink Blush Swatch (can barely see it on the right but goes on better than it photographs):

So far I’m really happy with the brushes. You can’t beat that price. Bristles are full enough so they aren’t flimsy, but still soft enough to move them easily over the eye for blending.

I’m always on the search for crease brushes like this one. I have so many already (from MAC, Stila, Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier and Chanel), but some are too big, not full enough (making them flimsy), some are too tightly packed, and some are too short. Before finding this Studio Tools Crease Brush, my favorite was the Stila Double Ended #30, but in recent years I’ve found Stila’s quality to have changed somewhat, especially with their brushes. The double-ended factor also makes storage a pain as one side will always end up somewhat smashed from storing them in various cans and containers.

For Sonia Kashuk, I was really impressed with the items she has! She has a great range of neutral eyeshadows. Unfortunately, the downside of drug-store beauty is that there are rarely testers of products. To me $8.99 for a drugstore blush isn’t exactly “cheap.” I decided to try and find reviews first of other products before purchasing more items.

The texture of the blush is very nice though, soft and powdery. The eyeliner is gorgeous, especially for all taupe-fans.