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Thursday

Jennifer Bradley - Medical Grade Cosmetics & Skincare

I will start off this post by telling you that being able to blog is something that I feel so lucky to do.   Not only do I get to try some amazing products such as skincare, cosmetics, fragrance, & even jewelry, I get to meet some of the most amazing people.  One person who I recently was able to talk to is the gorgeous Jennifer Bradley.  I was sent some of Jennifer's products to review and then I went to order some more on her website.  This is where she emailed me about a question I had, and then we started chatting about all of her amazing products. 

Jennifer is a celebrity makeup artist and skincare expert.  Jennifer has worked as a television actress, model, and singer. Jennifer had a personal struggle with acne and decided to research and develop her own products that she would use as a makeup artist. She has worked with some of the best names in the business such as - Pamela Anderson, Drew Barrymore, Sharon Osborne, and she was also the personal makeup artist for President and Michelle Obama! 

Jennifer has a full line of medical grade skincare and cosmetics.  She is constantly adding new products on her site.  She even has a perfume, which I am dying to try! So what is different about Jennifer's makeup you ask?  After a full investigation, let me tell you what I have found!

I was able to try a variety of Jennifer's products such as - 4 in One Camera Ready Smart Makeup #7, Lip Gloss in Mint Hush Pink, Mascara, Rosweood Liner, Lipstick in Bronze Gold, Bush in Pink Champagne, and Bronzer!  Here is a photo of my products, well the lipstick is missing because my good friend Cathy opened the tube and her eyes lit up, I couldn't even think about trying to pry it out of her paws!  With that said, she has worn it everyday and is IN LOVE with this gorgeous "Perfect Red". 

On the top you will find Jennifer's Bronzer which is simply called "Best Bronzer."  You only have to use this once and you will see exactly why the name fits it.  I am a bronzer junkie and always on the search for something perfect for my skin.  I have to say that this works amazing on my skin tone.  The color is natural and never looks orange or muddy.  I can definitely see this working on any skin tone.  The next product is Jennifer's 3 in 1 Fresh Cleanser.  This cleanser makes my skin feel so clean and fresh.  It also helps tighten pores and has anit-aging properties in it.  The middle product is Pink Champagne, which is actually a highlighter that I use on my cheekbones and also on my eyes to highlight under my brows.  This is the perfect shade, that doesn't make me look like a shiny little disco ball.  The mascara is wonderful. It lengthens and also holds my curl.  The Hint of Mint gloss smells so wonderful and fresh with that mint scent. The color is a gorgeous pink. Perfect to wear alone or over lipstick to make the lips appear fuller and stay moisturized.  The Rosewood liner, goes with the Perfect Red lipstick, which Cathy has!  I didn't give her a chance to take the liner because I am in love with lip liners. I use this color with all of my pink or berry lip products.  Ok so I have saved the best for last!! This needs a new paragraph.

The final round compact to the left of the photo is Jennifer's 4 in One Camera Ready Smart Makeup.  I usually don't do this but I am taking the description right off of Jennifer's page -

*** Foundation. Concealer. Dewy Powder Finish. Sun protection. Incredible coverage, with a weightless, undetectable finish. Improves skin texture, and gives your skin a radiant glow. Takes the redness out of skin immediately. OIL FREE AND NEVER CAUSES BREAKOUTS

Lasts about five to six months, even when used everyday. This is the best foundation you will ever use in your whole life. Prepare to be amazed by this magic makeup product. TOP SELLER

*Created by a makeup artist for makeup artists, busy moms, and  people who want to look high maintenance.

**If you need help choosing your color, call me and I will match your color based on the foundation that you are currently using.
Sounds too good to be true - It is ABSOLUTELY TRUE!  This has been my holy grail product since the first time I tried it.  My skin looks flawless with this foundation. I use Dr. Feelgood Primer by Benefit under and then apply this with a foundation brush. I don't even use my concealer anymore! I then apply my Bronzer on top and I am good to go.  This is AMAZING! I am totally in LOVE!

Ok so I have gone on long enough about Jennifer and her amazing products.  It is time for you to head over and check it out for yourself.  Remember if you have any questions about ANY products, Jennifer will answer you herself.  She takes pride in her company and the research that goes into these products.  They are made to help your skin be the best it can be.

The Social Media junkie in me has to give you all of Jennifer's connections -

Website  - http://www.jenniferbradley.com/ABOUT-JB_ep_7.html  
Facebook  - http://www.facebook.com/jenniferbradleyco?ref=ts&fref=ts 
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/jenniferbradley1

In the case of finding yet another makeup line that I am totally addicted too - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy

Sunday

The Makeup Detective - Where have I been? What am I doing? I am going to tell!

Sorry I have been MIA the past month, I have been super duper busy working and getting settled into my new life with my son off in college.  You would think that would give me more time to blog, guess again! 

I recently went back into my love of cosmetics by taking a part time job as Prestige Consultant at Ulta.  Working at Ulta has been such a dream come true for me.  I actually walked up to someone the other day who said it was her first time in and I said, "Welcome to Ulta, your one stop beauty destination!" Ok really those words actually came out, and then I went through the entire store like a flight attendant showing the exits for passengers safety!

I am so happy that I get to see my clients that I used to work with years ago at the counters.  I remember each and every one, and to my surprise they remember me.  Ulta is like my beauty play land.  Someone the other day said to me, "Oh you are going to work?" I replied with, "No, I am going to play!"  Yup I love it that much.  I work with a group of amazing people who make it so nice to come to work and play with!

Ok, so now you know that working at Ulta has not helped my makeup shopping addiction, it has added to it.  I have found so many "must haves" to add to my makeup routine I don't even know where to begin. 

I just wanted to write a little note explaining where I have been and what I have been up too.  I have a ton of products to review that have been sent to me, and that I am totally loving.  You know makeup is much like Project Runway - One day a product is in, and one day, it is out! You know you totally said that in Heidi Klum's accent!  Please stay tuned for my many reviews on some fab products that I have discovered.

In the case of wondering if The Makeup Detective will ever return - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy

Saturday

Attention: The Dr. is in and is here to help!

While chatting about our favorite products at Ulta last night, my gorgeous friend Andrea told me that one of her favorite products is by Benefit and it is called "dr. feelgood".  After looking at her flawless skin I knew this was a product that I must get into my hands STAT!  I tried it today for the first time, usually I wait longer before I blog about a product, but after showing photos on Instagram and Twitter I knew I couldn't wait to let this cat out of the bag any longer.

Let me first start by saying that this product is said to be a velvety complexion balm.  After putting it on my face that is exactly what it is, and so much more.  I applied this product immediately after my moisturizer with the sponge that it came with.  Immediately my skin felt silky smooth and my lines became less apparent.  I looked in my magnifying mirror and was pleasantly surprised by the results.  I then put my normal foundation over it and continued with my bronzer.  After I was finished I decided to pat it over my skin as a finisher and viola my skin looked like I went over it with a magic eraser!  When I read the package of this miracle balm it said to pat and smooth over makeup with its accompanying sponge or wear it alone.  I have to say that this is a fab multiple use product.  You can use it as a primer and it doesn't interfere with your foundation, it makes it even better.  You can also use it in place of powder for touch ups throughout the day.  It refreshes your face and smooths it while taking away any shine you may have.

Ok really I could go on and on and on but I must leave you with a photo of this product for your viewing pleasure -




All I have to say is, "Who ever said that makeup isn't a magic wand, simply didn't have dr. feelgood in their hands!" 

In the case of finding something to help erase the hands of time - This case is SOLVED!
Detective Kathy

Tuesday

Who Wears It Well?????

I am sure with a title like this you would like to know the answer to the question, "Who that wears it well?"  I will tell you that the "who" is me now that I have been wearing The She Wears It Well Eyeshadow Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills!  A few weeks ago I received a package in the mail.  As soon as I opened the package and saw this palette I knew it was love at first sight.  I have other nude shadow palettes, but I must say this is the one I have been using every day since I received it. 

First let me start by telling you what makes this palette so special.  That would be the colors!  The colors are so gorgeous and really brighten up my eyes.  The colors are - Trophy; Glow; Latte; Foxy (MY FAV); Sunset; Frosting; Almond; Onyx; and Toffee.  The colors Almond (taupe), Toffee (brown), and Onyx (black) are matte shades.  The others are not loaded with shimmer and have just the right amount of sheen.  I am so addicted to using Almond all over the entire eye, Foxy in the crease with a little bit of Onyx over top, and a bit of frosting or sunset under the brow.  I have even used Sunset as a cheek bone highlighter.  This palette really has something for everyone.  The color payoff is fab and they stay on all day even without a base.  This palette comes with a big mirror which makes it easy to travel with.  I will be honest and say that I usually discard the brushes in palettes the minute I open them up.  This was not the case with this.  I actually use it if I am on the go and want to add a little more Onyx to go out for the evening.  Here is a photo of this gorgeous palette -


See how gorgeous this is!  The top photo show the promotional goodies that I received along with the palette.  The cards show looks on the back.  The last photo with the lipstick and foundation is a photo that I posted on Instagram (@makeupdetective).  The tag was to choose your 3 favorite beauty products and post a pic.  As you can see this palette was one of my top 3! 

I was informed that this palette will only be available for the next 3 weeks so I suggest you hurry up and scoop one up!  It can be found at Sephora and Sephora.com - http://www.sephora.com/she-wears-it-well-eye-shadow-palette-P374932 This retails for $34.00 and is a $90.00 value! It can also be found at Anastasia's website where it will be featured, along with videos, right on the home page - http://www.anastasia.net/

This palette is described as - Classic Hollywood glamour meets modern moxie with this array of shadows that impart a sophisticated smolder to the eyes. Anastasia's Illumin8 formula features Youthful Synergy Complex®, clinically proven to illuminate, firm, and hydrate the skin.  What more could you ask for out of an eyeshadow palette!

Just a little secret that I have uncovered, please keep it to yourself because I wasn't supposed to tell, Anastasia will be coming out with a new palette for holiday - "Want You To Want Me", AND "Kisses On My List" gloss set!  Stay tuned for those because if they are like everything else that Anastasia creates, those will be must haves. 

In the case of uncovering the answer to the question, "Who wears it well?" - This case is SOLVED

Detective Kathy

Saturday

nuNAAT Hair Care Product Review

If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter you know that I get sent products for review.  I am contacted by someone who offers to send me their products, or products that they sponsor to review.  One thing I will never do is accept a product that I would not purchase with my own money.  With that said, that is why there will be NO review of contact lenses with the Italian Flag or smiley faces on them in my blog! 

Hair products for me are a touchy subject since I have holy grail products that I have used for years.  I usually deny the hair products but there was something that made me want to try this line called nuNAAT.  It started with a survey and a conversation with Stephanie who helped me choose the correct products for my natural curly and unruly hair.  Stephanie was so kind to send me the entire line of Karite Special with Shae Butter products for dry, damaged, and broken hair.  Let me start by saying that I thought it was about time to review these products as I was on the website trying to purchase replacements!!!

Here is a photo of the products she sent me -
From left to right - Karite Special Combing Cream; Karite Nourishing Shampoo; Karite Reconstructive Conditioner; Karite Anti-Frizz Thermo Activator; and Karite Special Hair Mask. 

I have been using these products since the beginning of August and must say I am SOLD, I guess you can tell when you read above that I was purchasing replacements.  In the summer my hair is very dry and damaged due to the sun, pool, and the highlights that I get.  I began using the shampoo and conditioner and immediately saw a difference in the texture of my hair.  I use a little of the Thermo Activator mixed with my normal styling cream and then dry my hair with a diffuser.  If I have any frizz pieces or pieces that need to be tamed, I add a little of the combing cream and it takes care of that situation.  Lastly, I like to actually put the mask on my dry hair at night, about once a week, and sleep in it.  I have done this for years with various products.  I feel like my hair is more hydrated when I do this.  My hair has really never looked more healthy and frizz-free, especially for hot humid summer days.  The recommended use for the mask is twice a month for 15 minutes but I like to say, when it comes to my hair, go big or go home!

I can honestly say that these products are amazing!  I still have the shampoo and conditioner left but want a back up just in case I run out!  As for the other products, these will last me a while longer.  The mask comes in that huge tub.  With all of these products a little goes a long way.  I wash and condition my hair every day so these products tend to go first with me.  For reference the mask comes in a 17.6 oz tub! 

Ok now are you ready for the best part ..... I feel like there should be a drum roll......these products are sold at Walgreens, Sally Beauty Supply, and Drugstore.com.  Just for reference the Combing Cream is $2.49! 

As I mentioned above I usually pass on the hair products, especially an entire system, but I am so happy I said yes to these products.  Don't worry if you don't have curly or dry hair, they have a product system for every type of hair out there.  They even have a do it yourself Brazilian system!  The website walks you step by step through to help you find the products that suit your hair care needs.  You can choose by ingredients, hair type, or category.  Check it out at -  http://nunaat.com/productline/karite-special-with-shea-butter/  You will be so happy you did! 

In the case of finding a new product line to help my dry,damaged, and broken locks - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy

Stay tuned because there will be a giveaway happening soon with your chance to win your very own hair care system from nuNAAT! 

Monday

Tia Cosmetics Review

So friends and fellow beauty lovers I feel like I have been away forever!  With the smell of fall in the air, and the temperature of my pool being below 70, I am BACK on the blog circuit.  I have a ton of goodies that I have received over the past month that I need to share with all of you. 

I am starting it off with a line of cosmetics from a 15 year makeup veteran Bettina.  I actually met Bettina on, where else, the social network that I love Twitter!  From Twitter it went onto Instagram where I am also a huge fan.  I started talking to her and ended up on her website.  With her help, and my constant addiction to all nude lipsticks and glosses, I decided to get a lipstick along with a gloss to wear over top.  I bought the Micro Bubble lipstick in Nude, and Lip Lacquer in Cooper Topper.  I have to say that I have been wearing this combo every day since I received it.  The micro bubble lipstick is so creamy, moisturizing, and long wearing.  I have had a problem this summer with my lips due to the sun.  My lips have been so dry and wearing my favorite nudes had been a problem until this formula graced my pout.  I use it straight from the tube, which means it is a wearable nude.  I then put a little Copper Topper on top to give it a sleek shine.  The combo is just gorgeous and makes me very happy!  Here is a picture of the colors -
See I told you....just gorgeous!  While I purchased the two lip products, there were two goodies that were added into my order for me to try out.  One is a gorgeous eyeshadow duo in the most gorgeous shade of purple I have ever seen. As you can see below, this color gorgeous and goes on so soft and blendable.  It also is a long wearing formula that lasts all day!
The next product that she sent me is a product that I almost ordered but was unsure if the color would be dark enough for me.  It is the Mineral Sheer Tint SPF 20, in the color Deep.  I immediately used this the minute I received it and have to say it is absolutely amazing.  First of all you only need a little to cover your entire face.  This multi-purpose foundation is oil-free, hypo-allergenic, and contains sunscreen and antioxidants.  It nourishes, protects, and moisturizes for a flawless and even look to the skin.  I love products that are multi-purpose and this does not fall short! 
Here is a photo of the products all packaged in their cute black bags the way they came to me.
Well there you have it my friends, a product review FINALLY!  If you are interested in Tia Cosmetics, which you definitely should be, they can be found at -
http://tia-cosmetics.myshopify.com/

You can also follow her on Twitter - @tiacosmetics

In the case of finding another beauty website to spread my hard earned $$$ around - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy

Friday

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!

It is finally time for me to unveil a secret project that I have been working on for the past two months.  I have been  so excited and even though I shouldn't have,  let a few hints out of the bag!   Now my investigation is complete and I finally am able to share it with all of you.  
I am honored to say that I am a Power Primper for Pretty in my Pocket, a.k.a. PRIMP.  This is a revolutionary mobile shopping assistant and social sharing app that just became available in the iTunes app store! 
  • beauty product reviews with makeup tips from experts and friends. Did I mention all of their tips are available on your phone?
  • With PRIMP’s social community, you can follow your friends and our experts and rate and review beauty and skincare products yourself!
  • If you are in metro Atlanta or Nashville, PRIMP has partnered with Woo Skincare and Cosmetics and (Plā) Beauty for local beauty perks. These are available starting Monday, July 16th.
  • Coming soon: PRIMP will release location-based perks to your area.
  • Download the app now to follow me as a Power Primper TODAY!


With a quick bar code scan or product search, you can locate beauty product reviews, recommendations from experts and friends, 
I joined PRIMP as a Power Primper, offering insights into my beauty bag, including my must-have products and favorite beauty tips.
Check PRIMP out on Facebook, Twitter and via their website.

So there you have it my beauties!  As I said above I am honored to be a part of such an amazing outlet for beauty enthusiasts.  I always get questions like, what products are my favorite, and now you can have a virtual look into my makeup bag with you on your mobile phone.  Its like having me with you when you shop.  How fun is that! 
I will keep you updated on PRIMP's progress.  If you have any questions please feel free to comment below, tweet me, or send me an email.  You know I love to talk, especially about makeup! 

Here is a picture of me along with the other PRIMPERS -

In the case of being able to participate in an amazing way to help out my followers when they are need of beauty advice - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy or should I say ... Power Primper Kathy ; )

 

Saturday

New foundation, fragrance, and fun eye combo to share!

I have been purchasing quite a few items these days and I thought I would share a few with you.  This will be a quick one so if you have any specific questions about the products, please comment below and I will answer! 

I would like to start with a product that I have been loving this past week.  It is a foundation by Loreal called True Match Lumi.  I was at Ulta and ended up spotting it, remembering that Vanessa from TheBombShellSuite on YouTube bought it, I decided to give it a try.  This is a wonderful, light foundation.  It is sheer for me which I only really like, and can get away with in the summer.  The color suits my skin tone, which is hard to do these days so that is a plus.  I will continue using this for the summer and then most likely switch back to my Chanel's for fall and winter.  This is when I will need more coverage and my skin will be lighter.  Here is a picture of this foundation in the color C6 -
The next product that I would like to tell you about is a perfume oil that is actually a repurchase.  I was visiting my sister in Albany the other day and we went into my favorite store Circles.  A large sale table appeared and on it were Sage Fragrances for less than half the price.  Last year I bought one for $45.00, now they were all $20.00.  These are the cutest little perfume oils with the most  gorgeous scents.  If you are not familiar with Sage, her website is http://sagejewelry.com/ you can read all about her, and her amazing creations.  The fragrance that I bought is Turquoise.  It is so amazing for summer, very beachy.  This tiny little bottle packs a punch in the fragrance department.  I totally think that they are worth $45.00.  To find them on sale was a fab surprise.  I am actually going to have my sister pick me up a few more.  On Sage's website you can order samples, in case you don't have a place that sells them near you.  If you like unique scents, Sage is your girl!
The last products that I bought were also from Circles.  These are two products by Laura Mercier.  This is a brand that I usually skip over, accept for their concealer.  Once again I was watching a YouTube video and Michelle1218 was raving about the Metallic Cream Eye Colour in Rose Gold.  This is a gorgeous color and I really have nothing else like it in my collection.  I bought that and also a shadow in Pink Crystal.  Here is a photo of the shadow below.  As you can see its sparkly and gorgeous.  I haven't used it with the Rose Gold yet but I am positive it will be a winning combo -



Well that is all I have for you today my friends.  I do have other purchases that I will share at a later date.  I also have some fab new products to tell you about so stay tuned!

In the case of adding some more pretties that I cannot live without to my collection - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy

Monday

All Nudes are NOT Created Equal!

So you all know show me a new nude lip combo and I am so on board!  I feel like I say this about all nudes but I have found the best nude combo in the whole wide world!  Ever since my girly Vanessa, TheBombShellSuite on YouTube raved about Bare Escentuals Buxom Lip Cream in White Russian I was on the hunt to make this baby mine.  I stalked Sephora like it was my job and couldn't seem to get it.  What I did get was my 500 perk bonus that I had been saving months for.  This was from Bare Escentuals and included a full size lip gloss, mini mascara, and also the new love of my life Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick in Sydney.  Who would have ever thought that I would find my holy grail lip product in a free 500 perk package!?!?!?!? This color is absolutely amazing and the perfect nude.  It goes on smooth and creamy and stays forever and ever.  I do use a lip liner with this, though you really don't need too.  I just like more definition in my lips.  I used MUFE Aqua Lip in 3C, which is another rec from Vanessa.  So after calling Sephora one day to ask the girl if White Russian was in stock, her reply was NO, I still proceeded to venture in.  I was just getting ready to check out and happen to glance over at THREE, yes that is right my friends, THREE BUXOM LIP CREAMS IN WHITE RUSSIAN! Now silly me just grabbed one, little did I know that it will probably never be seen again in my Sephora.  Oh well at least I have one of these gorgeous creatures in my greedy little paws FINALLY!  So I have worn it every single day and even purchased a full size Sydney incase I happen to run out.  My lips are the perfect shade of nude for my tanned summer skin!  All is good in the world and I am one happy little camper.
Here are the colors below for your viewing pleasure -








See how gorgeous they are?  All I have to say is that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE BUXOM Lip Products and cannot imagine using anything else.  I failed to mention that these products smell amazing and have a tingling effect to plump your pout.  As for the plumping part, I really don't know if that ever works for me, but they are fab as is!  I even went in, checking for more White Russian, and purchased another combo of Buxom products in PINK!  That is another post for another day.

In the case of finding products that make my lips look pouty, nude, and perfect - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy 

Anastasia Beverly Hills See and Be Seen Kit Review

My last post was about an amazing new product from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I told you that they were generous and sent me a full size of their Lash Genius to test out and review. To my surprise there was another item in my box. This product is Limited Edition and available right now at Sephora.com only. This is the See and Be Seen Kit. This kit retails for $44.00 and is valued at $80.00!
Here are the products in the kit -

Two new HydraFull Gloss colors in Heiress and Plastic. These limited edition colors were created specifically for this kit and are not available anywhere except in the See and Be Seen Kit. Anastasia’s Hydrafull Gloss contains lip tint to maintain longer lasting color while maximizing lip hydration and fullness.

The new caramel tinted Brow Gel. Anastasia’s brow gel sets your perfect brow look with a hint of tint and is fortified with botanical hair conditioners and essential oils to keep brows feeling as great as they look.
The soft pink and golden hues of the ILLUMIN8 Shadow duo in On Set. ILLUMIN8 Eye Shadow Duos are designed to illuminate, firm, and smooth the appearance of skin while also soothing, softening and hydrating.

As you can see you get 4 full size products for $44.00, that means you are paying $11.00 a piece for each product! Ok now on to the fun stuff. For me the star products were the glosses. When I first opened the package I was a little surprised by the bright colors of the two glosses. You know me I am usually a total nude lip girl. I immediately went to put the pink on on and there was my second surprise, the applicator. At first glance I thought that the sponge tip fell of inside the tube. I then realized that it is the way the applicator is made. My first time using this I did apply too much of this incredible gloss. You only need a little on the spatula type wand to apply to your lips and make them look glossy and fab. I have to be honest and tell you that I wore Plastic to work and received a ton of compliments. Everyone said how it brightened up my face and looked so pretty and juicy on. The best way I can describe these are popsicles for your lips!!! These look really bright in the tube but are totally wearable! Btw the smell and taste is divine as well and they last for HOURS.

The next product that I couldn't wait to try were the shadows. These go on and really pack a punch! The colors are amazing and would look great and flatter any skin tone. I have been using them daily since I received them last week. They are super pretty and wearable. They have a nice shine and not glittery at all. These would be good for woman of all ages.

The final product that I tried was the brow gel. Unfortunately, I am very dark and have dark eyebrows. This color was light for me. I would definitely need the next shade up. I did try it on to see how it wears because I currently use a brow gel that I have been using for years. I have decided that once I am finished, I will definitely be purchasing the Anastasia in Brunette. I gave the Carmel to my fair haired beautiful friend Erin and it totally worked for her!

* On a side note about Brow Gels, I totally LOVE them. I used them on every client that sits in my chair. I always say if you have eyebrows, gel is the way to go. The wand and the color will stick to the hair you have, darken it, and make it look fuller and hide any bare spots. If you do not have eyebrows, or if they are bare, I suggest a pencil.

Here are some photos of the kit -





All in all this kit is well worth the price of admission! The glosses alone are something that, even the nude lip lovers, need in their gloss library! I will definitely be re-purchasing the brow gel, in my color, more glosses, and more shadow duos. I am so happy that I was able to discover a new love with Anastasia Beverly Hills.

In the case of finding out that Anastasia makes A LOT more than brow goodies - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy

** I did want to discolose that this kit was sent to me for my use and review. I will only review items that I would purchase with my own money. All of my reviews are my own and my honest opinion about the products. **

Tuesday

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Brow & Lash Genius!

I was recently contacted by a company who wanted to know if I would be interested in testing out a new product that is currently on the market.  For the record, I get a lot of offers and only accept the ones that I would purchase with my own money to try.  With that said, I did say yes to the product that they had mentioned.  This product is by Anastasia Beverly Hills.  We all know Anastasia as a brow genius.  Who knew that she was also a lash genius as well!  The product is called just that, "Lash Genius".  When you apply this to any mascara it makes it waterproof.  I know some of you might be thinking why not just go buy waterproof?  There are actually many reasons to purchase Lash Genius instead of a waterproof mascara. 

The first think that the makeup artist in me thought of was for my clients.  I usually tell my clients to bring their favorite mascara if they have one to their makeover.  Unfortunately, I find a lot of brides bringing me non waterproof mascara for their special day.  I always end up using my waterproof so they don't run into any problems.  I thought that this product would be wonderful to be able to make any mascara they bring me waterproof!

For me personally, waterproof mascara is a staple in my makeup bag and has been for years.  The problem with that is when a new mascara debuts on the market 9 times out of 10 it does not come in waterproof.  Sometimes it actually doesn't ever come in waterproof.  I used to have this problem working at cosmetic counters.  I thought that Lash Genius would be a perfect solution to my dilemma. 

I couldn't wait to try out this product once I received it.  I had just received a free gift at Sephora that featured a Bare Escentials Buxom Mascara, that I couldn't use because it was not waterproof until now.  I put on the Buxom and then added two coats of the Lash Genius on top and there you have it,  instant waterproof mascara.  It was actually a good thing that my allergies were acting up today because I was able to put this product to the test.  I will tell you that it absolutely worked.  No smudges or black under my eyes all day long.  I really am amazed at how well this product worked.  I think I will be wearing this on my sons graduation from high school next week!!!!

This product is a total must have in my beauty bag and my client makeup kit!  If you don't like to wear waterproof on a regular basis but know there are times you will need it, Lash Genius is the perfect solution.  This also came right off with waterproof eye makeup remover that I currently use.  I actually found it much easier to take off compared to the waterproof mascara I was wearing.  Here is a photo of the product along with a video that shows how to use this amazing product!


Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFvspJUjXNg&list=UU1i4OA0FdWSavk5vumCKFJw&index=1&feature=plcp

I am so happy that I was able to test this product and share my findings with all of you! If you have any questions please comment below or email me. You can also ask me on Twitter!

I did want to mention that I was not compensated for reviewing this product. The product was sent to me for review and I always will give my 100% honest opinion.

In the case of finding an amazing product that will allow me to expand my mascara wardrobe to many instead of one - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy

* This product is available at Sephora and sells for $21.00. Here is the link to the product and also a lot more reviews with positive feedback!
http://www.sephora.com/product/productDetail.jsp?skuId=1401868&productId=P310204&keyword=lash%20genius&_requestid=86813

Monday

Josie Maran, MUFE, & Inglot Review

I know I have been MIA for a few weeks but have no fear, I am BACK! I have lots of products to share with you and I decided my first would be some new lip products that I have been LOVING! 

This first product is by Josie Maran and it is her Argan Oil Color Stick in the color Petal Pink. This is the first Josie Maran product that I have tried, and definitely will not be the last. This product is 100% organic, I have to be honest and say those words do not sway me from buying a product or not. I was really looking for something to cure my dry lips. This is a big stick of gorgeous color that is filled with good stuff for your lips and cheeks. I chose not to use this as a cheek product just because I would rather use a powder on my cheeks as blush. I first apply MUFE Aqua Lip liner in 3C which is one of Vanessa, TheBombShellSuite, on YouTube's favorite. I finally went to Sephora and tried this out and am so happy that I did. This is a perfect your lips but better color that goes with any lipstick. It is also waterproof which is a huge plus! So I line my lips with the 3C, then I take the Color Stick and apply it right out of the big tube onto my lips. Just to let you know this does have a distinct smell, for lack of a better work, kinda herbal, due to the Argan Oil that is in it. This does not bother me in any way. I actually like the smell and it does go away after a little while. I do suggest going into Sephora and smelling this before you purchase if smells bother you. The color is a little too bright pink for me on its own so I do add a gloss, such as Inglot Sleeks in #48 on top. I bought this color at IMATS and it is one of my favs for summer! The trio is pure pink perfection, what more can a girl ask for! Here is a photo of the products, along with a picture of them on my lips!









I am really loving this color and the effect that it gives. The Color Stick only comes in two colors at this time and they sell for $22.00. This is a great price because the tube is huge and will last forever. The other color is called Rosy and is a deeper rose. I would definitely buy more of these if she came out with more light colors. Josie, if you are reading, I would adore this in peach. xo

In the case of finding a new lip trio that I am loving - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy

Minerals Mate Review & Giveaway!

I was recently contacted by this wonderful girly named Molly who asked me if I would be interested in trying and reviewing a mineral makeup tray called Minerals Mate.  Just so you know, Molly is the genius creator behind this amazing product!  When she asked I told her that I would love this opportunity because I had used mineral makeup for years and really didn't like the mess and waste that it created.  I received the tray in the mail and broke out the minerals to test this out.  The first thing I have to say is that the concept is spot on! What a great idea to have your minerals all in one place.  If you are a mineral makeup user this tray is definitely a must have FOR YOU!  The tray makes it easy for you to mix minerals by putting them into the wells.  You can use the large wells for foundation and powder, and the smaller wells for eyeshadow and mixing mediums.  You also have less waste because instead of shaking out the left over, you simply put a cap on it and use it over and over.  Fab idea right?

So I did break out my mineral powders to give this tray a whirl, while I love the tray, I have to be honest and  say that I have strayed away from mineral makeup the past few years and after revisiting them I feel that they just aren't right for my skin at this time.  I still use loose eyeshadows but foundations and other powders aren't my thing.  With that said, I thought that this tray was so ideal for my NON mineral makeup.  I am one who mixes foundations to get my perfect match.  This tray is perfect for that.  There are so many times that I had pumped out too much of my foundation and had nothing to do with the extra accept waste it.  This tray is fabulous for me to make my own custom palette.  I also have been loving Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars, which I will do a separate post about, and I decided to put these in the smaller wells for easy access since you only need a smidge. 

This tray really is a makeup artist's dream come true.  It can be used for mineral makeup and so much more.  The tray is lightweight, hygienic and ideal for custom mixing!  I love the idea of having my foundation and my newest obsession GLEAM by Melanie Mills in another well.  I can custom blend the colors together to make my perfect match.  I change color all of the time due to self tanning and the sun so it is usually hard for me to get a perfect match to my skin.  So I use the large wells for Gleam and foundation, and the smaller wells for Lip Tars and other lip products to mix. 

All in all this is a MUST have for those who use mineral makeup.  If you are a mineral makeup user you can consider Minerals Mate your new BFF.  For those of you who aren't a fan of mineral makeup, this can also be your BFF due to the fact that it allows you to become the makeup artist you have always wanted to become! 

Here is a photo of this fab tray, the bottom is with my Gleam and foundation -


See how convenient this is.  I put my Gleam in one well, foundation in another, and custom blend in the third.  When I am finished I just cap it up and they are ready for another use. This means absolutely no waste! When I want to clean the tray I can wipe it out with a makeup wipe or put it in the top rack of my dishwasher!  Btw the ribbed part on the bottom that you see can be used as a thumb grip or to gently clean your brushes. 

Molly was so kind to send me this product, which retails for $21.95 and can be found at - http://mineralsmate.com/  She also sent me another one to giveaway to one of my readers!  As you can see from above I have the color "Double Platinum" and the one that is up for grabs is "Red at Play" You can check this color out on the website. 

So the rules for this giveaway are -

1. You MUST follow this Blog.  This can be done on the side where it says "Join this site" and Join! 
2. Post a comment below and let me know if you like mineral makeup!

That's about it, pretty simple right?  Please only enter ONE TIME ONLY.  The names will only go in one time. This giveaway IS open to International readers! 

What I will do is put all the names in numerical order as the comments come in and then put the numbers into Random.org to get the winner.  I will notify you here on the blog, unless you follow me on Twitter, let me know that in the comments and I will find you there.  I will run this contest from TODAY until SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2012.  On that Sunday I will pick the winner.  

If you cannot wait to see if you won and want to get your paws on this fab tray right away, Molly has given me a code for all of my readers to get 25% off of your purchase!  The discount code is - 2468MineralsMate  cute rhyme right?  This code is good until the end of May, which means if you don't win, you will still have time to order with the discount code!

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at Makeupdetective@gmail.com or Tweet me if you follow me on Twitter @makeupdetective. 

If you would like to follow Mineral's Mate you can find them here (yes, I know I am a social media junkie) -

Website - http://mineralsmate.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/Minerals_Mate
Facebook - https://twitter.com/#!/Minerals_Mate

In the case of finding a mixing tray that mineral makeup lovers and non mineral makeup lovers will love - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy

**I wanted to bring this to your attention.  I do have a disclaimer on the side but wanted to point out a few things.  The review of this product is my own.  I am not being compensated for this in any way, other than receiving two trays for free.  One was for me to review, and the other was to giveaway to my readers. This is my honest opinion of this product and I will always give my 100% honest opinion on anything and everything that I am contacted to review in the future. **

Friday

B is for BURBERRY!

I still have some blogging to do which will include more IMATS items, until then I am going to share with you a few items that I have been loving lately.  I bought them the same day as IMATS but they were actually purchased immediately after at Saks.  I went to Saks thanks to my girl TaylieTot on Twitter.  I asked her where I could see, up close and personal, a Burberry makeup counter when I was in NYC.  She had suggested Saks and that's exactly where I headed.  I met this fab girly named Lisa who was more than happy to assist me with my purchase.  I guess I really didn't need much help because I was practically out of money, thanks to IMATS, and knew the exact two shadows I was going to gobble up.  I asked her for Pale Barley and Midnight Brown shadows.  Those are the two that I feel in love with after watching Tayler's video on  YouTube about her Burberry makeup.  I think I have a link in my first Burberry post, but I will add a link below as well.  You must check her out because she is FAB!  Let me tell you that these colors are absolutely gorgeous! I had it in my mind that I could only purchase two and nothing else.  If you follow me you know that I already have the Lipstick and two Glosses by Burberry.  Ok so I had my two shadows in my greedy little paws, and I totally steered clear of the lipsticks, because I went crazy at the INGLOT booth at IMATS (post coming soon).  I did however inquire about a pressed powder.  I was currently using my Chanel Double Perfection for touch ups during the day, and it was getting to be a little heavy.  I wanted something light and to just take down the shine if I have any.  I also didn't want something too dark to add a lot of unnecessary color to my already tanned skin.  Lisa helped me out with this perfect powder in my perfect shade.  So I ended up with only 3 Burberry products for Saks and the lovely Lisa.  Here is a photo of them below -

To the left is the Midnight Brown shadow, in the middle is my gorg new powder in Trench No.09, and shadow in Pale Barley on the right.  I have worn these two shadows every single day since I bought them.  They are AMAZING.  Let me tell you when I read a blog, or watch a YouTube video and they say that Burberry shadows are the best, everyone is totally CORRECT!  These shadows are soft, pigmented, and stay on all day.  Midnight Brown has a slight shimmer in the pan but not on the lid.  Pale Barley has this gorgeous shine but no glitter or shimmer.  They are just amazing.  The shadows are $29.00 and TOTALLY worth the price of admission.  As for the powder, which is actually called Sheer Luminous Compact Foundation, this is amazing as well.  Now that I am using my Gleam mixed with my liquid foundation, I only need a sheer powder to set and this fits the bill.  This is quite expensive at $55.00 but once again, totally worth the price.  The compact is classy, chunky, and gorgeous.  I don't mind a heavier compact that's why I like this one.

All in all I think that Burberry has some amazing products.  I must say I am still in LOVE with Chanel and my gorgeous friend Heather.  I did try to call Heather back today to talk about the new summer collection that just landed in stores.  So I am not giving up my interlocking CC's just yet.  I am just going backward in the alphabet and trying a little bit of what the letter B has to offer.

In the case of finding something that made me stray (just a little bit) away from my beloved Chanel - This case is SOLVED!  

Here is Tayler's info if you would like to check her out, you will love her, promise!  -

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/TaylieTot
YourTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amv2lcYS8-k&feature=relmfu
Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/taylietot

Detective Kathy

Bdellium Brushes = Love at first sight!

I know you are hearing from me a lot these days.  Two posts yesterday and here is another today.  If you know me at all, you know that I love to talk!  I especially love to talk when it comes to finding some fab things that I feel as though I have to share with you.  Yesterday I wrote about my new fav new product love Gleam by Melanie Mills.  Today I am going to write about something that I have never written about before Makeup Brushes.  I have never written about Makeup Brushes before because honestly, I have never really been that excited about them UNTIL NOW!  I mean I have them, obviously for myself and my clients.  I have always had a mixture of brands that I would use or pick up a brush here and there.  Last year at IMATS I didn't buy one brush and was a little sad because I really wanted to check them out.  This time I was going to do just that. 

I remember finding a brush brand on Twitter, yes I know that Twitter again, welcome to 2012 it is here to stay!  Anyhew, I found a brush company that mentioned that they would be at IMATS.  What really drew me to them was their yellow brushes in their Twitter picture.  This brush company is called Bdellium Tools.  Let me tell you as soon as I saw those yellow handles I immediately went over to the booth.  I am so happy that I did because here I am after all of these years of being a Makeup Artist, finally LOVING the tools that I am working with.  I loved them so much after I used them I came home and ordered a few more. 

Here is a little background about Bdellium Tools - First of all lets pronounce the company correctly - Bdel*li*um [del-ee-uhm, -yuhm] The "b" is silent. Next lets talk about the fact that these are Professional Antibacterial Makeup Brushes which also come in an Eco-friendly line.  There are different types of Bdellium brushes.  They have the Studio, Travel, Maestro, & Bamboo lines.  The line I chose to purchase are the Studio.  There difference between the 3, with the exception of the eco-friendly Bamboo line, is the handles.  The Studio and Travel lines are identical in hair content and shape.  The only difference is the length of the handles.  The Maestro Series hair content and shape are identical to the Studio and Travel lines.  The difference is the ferrule, which is nickel plated brass.  This may tend to be stronger and more durable than the aluminum ferrule used in the Studio and Travel lines.  I chose the Studio simply because of the gorgeous yellow handles.  There wasn't much price difference between the two, I just liked the color because it makes me happy.  The yellow reminds me of the sun, and you know how much I love the sun!  I also love the long professional handles. 

Ok so here is a photo of my new pretties -
I bought, from left to right, #980, #959, #949, #780, & #768.  From the moment I used these luxurious brushes I was totally in love.  I loved them so much I thought I would add a few more to my collection.  I ordered 3 more, which have shipped but are not here yet.  I will post pics when I receive them.  I ordered #934, #778, and #781.  These are all eye brushes.  When I was at the booth I kept thinking that I had so many brushes at home I would only get what I absolutely needed.  Well, as you can see once I used them I realized that I had to have all matching yellow handles in my collection.  OK so I am a bit obsessed!  I am thinking by the end of June I will have the entire Bdellium set!  Two of each, one for me and one for my clients!

So IMATS is over until next year so how can you make these beauties yours you ask?  Simply go to www.bdelliumtools.com and place your order.  There is one stipulation before ordering, you MUST say the name of the company correctly.  Yes of course they can hear you so please practice and say it right! 

Once again a complete review where I could just go an and on and on and on.  The same disclaimer stands just like yesterday.  These opinions are my own, I am not getting compensated in any way, shape, or form for my review of these brushes.  I just LOVE them and totally want to share my love with all of you!  That's just how I roll! Speaking of rolling, let me roll on out the social media plug for this wonderful company!

Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/bdelliumtools
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/#!/bdelliumtools
Website -  www.bdelliumtools.com

If you have any questions about these brushes you can comment below, tweet me, or email me!  OH and I almost forgot about something very important, the price.  These brushes are so affordable!  Yes that is correct, wait until you check out the prices you will not believe how affordable these are for the quality.  I guess affordable luxury are the words I would use when talking about these brushes!

In the case of finding brushes that make me happy when skies are grey, come on they are the color of sunshine - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy

Thursday

GLEAM Body Radiance by Melanie Mills

When I was at IMATS I was approached by this gorgeous woman who had a tube of something in her hands.  At the time I didn't know who she was or what the tube held.  I never imagined in my wildest dreams that the tube would hold something that I don't think I will ever be able to live without!

The gorgeous and sweet woman that I met was Melanie Mills.  She told me about her product called Gleam Body Radiance.  Since I am already quite tan, and LOVE to be absolutely as tan as I can possibly be, this product is right up my dark alley.  I will also say that if you are not tan, this product is still for you, and I will explain why below.  Melanie took my arm and put this bronze lotion all over it.  I have to tell you that my already tanned arm transformed into this bronze gorgeousness.  My arm looked smoother, softer, and flawless.  I immediately asked her if it was going to get all over my satin blouse, she assured me that it WOULD NOT transfer at all.  Once this was all rubbed in she told me how it can be used on arms, legs, full body, and also FACE!  My black satin shirt began to hit my arm and to my surprise, Melanie was correct, no transfer at all.  I have had some of these products in the past which turned out to be so messy.  Most of them were an oil or a cream.  I would rub them in and in seconds everything I put on would turn to a bronze mess.  Also all the products I tried in the past were very glittery which would end up all over me.  This is NOT glitter at all, it is pure liquid bronze in a tube.  After the chat and the demo, I walked away with the largest tube of this product in the color Bronze Gold.  I also bought a Lip Radiance in the color Naked.  This is also an exceptional product.  Makes my lips look smooth and gives a gorgeous nude glow.  This is a long wearing gloss does not slide around the lips.  BTW the smell on the Body and Lip Radiance's is simply divine. 

As soon as I got home I immediately looked up Melanie and her magic products.  Here is what I discovered

*Melanie Mills is an Emmy Award winning makeup artist who has become one of the most sought after names in the industry. Melanie served as head makeup artist on ABC television’s smash hit Dancing With The Stars for five years, redefining the look of the makeup for the series.*

Um OK so really Mel, you forgot to mention all of this to me when we were chatting about this product, and to think I gave you my business card! Melanie was so sweet and this just goes to show that she didn't need to talk about anything other than her fabulous product to sell it.  Once it goes on and how it transforms your skin, there is no way you would pass it up!  After I was finished at IMATS and went out into the sunlight I could not believe that this product looked even more flawless outside in the light.

I wanted to be able to wear this for a few days at work to see the response I would get before I did this blog post.  I wore it all week on my arms not that they were exposed because its like 40 degrees here still,  and today I added it to my foundation.  The first reaction was this morning at the time clock when my friend Theresa commented on my skin.  She told me that I had a JLO glow to my face.  Ok so I have been trying for years to get that glow on my skin.  The next came as I was walking in the hall and two other friends Pam & Tammy commented on my glowing skin as well.  It didn't end there but I am sure you get the point!  So here is what I did to achieve that glow - I put on my moisturizer, added some Gleam in Bronze Gold to my foundation, mixed them together and applied them with a foundation brush.  No bronzer or powder was needed after this. After watching Melanie's YouTube videos last night I learned that it can also be used on the eyes.  I did try it on today to see if it would make my eyes tear, and how it would stay on.  The result was perfection! Stayed on all day and no irritation.  I am so happy that I ordered the Rose Gold.  I think this will look stunning on the eyes.

 Here is the description of this product taken off of Melanie's website -

About Gleam


GLEAM Body Radiance creates a natural lit from within glow for the skin in an easy application. The lightest to the deepest complexions are all made luminous by a formula that hides skin imperfections, even filling wrinkles and enhancing the texture of the skin thanks to GLEAM Body Radiance’s velvety botanical base. GLEAM can be applied in a light touch to highlight shoulders, décolleté or to massage in liberally like a lotion, for all-over perfection.
Velvety, weightless yet so very rich, GLEAM Body Radiance makes your skin look alive and gorgeous for any occasion. GLEAM Body Radiance is transfer-resistant and imparts the look of radiant skin health and is an instant confidence booster. GLEAM luminizes and perfects skin in a lightly-scented vanilla potion, as a foundation does for the face.
“GLEAM Body Radiance is fabulous for anyone, and I wanted to add ingredients that were wonderful for the skin,” says Melanie Mills. GLEAM Body Radiance is made of water and Olive Oil, infused with Jojoba Seed Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, antioxidants Japanese Green Tea and White Tea extracts, Aloe Leaf Extract and Brown Seaweed, a hydrating marine extract that stimulates synthesis of Hyaluronic acid and increases elasticity. Together these anti-aging ingredients slow the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin.

Color Overview

LIGHT GOLD is an ethereal ray, the lightest formulation of GLEAM with a pale yellow base that counteracts ruddy and reddish skin undertones. Pure creamy velvet finish for the light to medium skin-tones. Camouflages stretch marks, scars and other imperfections and imparts a subtle dewy glow.

ROSE GOLD
Melanie Mills’ signature color and her personal favorite. This shade is the original color and was created first by Melanie for the “Golden Glow” that all Dancing with the Stars celebrities and pro dancers are finished with for the camera. Melanie wanted this creamy potion to emulate real Rose Gold and be liquid metal for the skin.

BRONZE GOLD
This shade is pure bronze, like a statue and has a wonderful yellow-orange undertone that also acts like liquid metal. BRONZE GOLD is the third deepest shade, perfect for medium to deep skin tones.


DEEP GOLD
Pure luminous, chocolate soufflé, with red velvet undertones that never look ashy on the skin. Beautiful and rich, this deep liquid metal shade is a game changer and delivers the “Glow” for the most melanin-rich skins who want to hide pigment patches, scars, stretch marks, dark knees and elbows.

So there you have it! As you can probably tell I could go on for hours about this product.  I totally found Melanie on Twitter and cannot stop tweeting about this product.  I actually was so excited, I ordered two more colors last night (Rose & Deep Gold) so I can highlight.  I also ordered another Lip Radiance in "Pop My Cork".  I want to let you know that  Melanie has a YouTube channel that has videos on the application of these products along with swatches.  I watched every single one last night! 

I know I review a lot of products and also purchase a lot but I have to tell you that this product is a MUST HAVE especially for summer.  If you have any imperfections on your legs, arms, or face that you would like to conceal, this is totally for you.  The coverage is flawless and makes it looks like all the imperfections were airbrushed out of your skin.  Even on my face that usually gets blotchy from the tan, looks totally even and glowing! 

Here is the website to order - http://www.gleambymelaniemills.com/ 
Here is Melanie's YouTube Channel - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z65O9oe9Uwc
Melanie's Twitter Name - GLEAMBODY
Here is the gorgeous Melanie -
Since this post is a total review I will disclose to you -
These products were all purchased by me and my opinions of these products are my own.  I am not being compensated in any way, shape, or form for my review of these products.  I just really love them and want to share my love with all of you.  Believe me if I had a store, these products would already be on my shelves! 

If you have any questions about these products, please Tweet me, or leave me a comment below.  You can also follow Melanie on Twitter and ask her questions too! 

In the case of finding some MUST HAVE products for my body, face, & lips - This case is SOLVED! 

Detective Kathy

IMATS NYC 2012 Haul

So let me begin by saying, I went, I saw, I learned, & I shopped!  Even though IMATS is a distant memory, I think of it every single day when I use all of the items that I purchased.  Since a lot of my readers and friends have asked to see photos of what I bought, I will post photos here.  I will be doing a separate blog post on most of the items.  There are some that are so AMAZING I just cannot wait to tell you about.  After I do this blog with the photos, I will hop right back on and write about a product that I know I WILL NOT live without now that I have it! 

So here it goes -













Well there you have it, everything I bought at IMATS NYC 2012! I think that's all at least!  If you have any questions on any of the products, please send me a message on Twitter, or comment below.  I did already post some of these photos on Twitter and had a lot of questions about the INGLOT products.  I will do a separate post on the colors very soon.  The first post I will be doing is about GLEAM Body Radiance created by the gorgeous Melanie Mills, and also my new favorite brushes of all time Bdellium Tools.  I loved them both so much I actually ordered more last night online.  I was going to wait until I received the others to do a post, but I really can't keep it to myself any longer! 

I did manage to save some money and go to Saks to purchase some Burberry Makeup.  I will also do that in a separate post. 

In the case of making it to IMATS NYC for the second year in a row - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy


Sunday

Happy Easter & POMP CONTEST Winner Chosen!

I just wanted to take a minute and wish a Happy Easter to all who celebrate! I hope you were blessed to enjoy the day with family and friends, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

This morning I numbered all of the contest entries in order that the answers came in.  I put the numbers into Random.org and out came a number attached to KRISTEN @momofSydBlake on Twitter!  I wrote to Kristen via Twitter this morning and she was surprised and very happy about winning the POMP Pearl Earrings by Sharon Case. 

I would like to thank everyone who entered the contest and also thank you to all of my new Twitter friends that I have acquired recently.  I enjoy chatting with you about things we love such as: Sharon Case, POMP, Y&R, makeup, family, and our lives in general!  Next weekend Detective Lynn and I will be taking our trip to NYC to IMATS (The International Makeup Artist Trade Show), and will actually be meeting up with some wonderful girls that I have become friends with on Twitter!  I am so excited for this I can hardly wait.  So much has happened since last years IMATS for me.  Starting this Blog and Tweeting has really been a life changer.  The friendships that I have developed are really a blessing.  I love to have people to chat with who share my interests. 

Before I close this blog post I would like to thank a very special person, Sharon Case, for sending me these beautiful earrings for the contest.  I would also like to thank my friend Bonnie, who's website - http://sharoncasefans.com/ provided the answer to the question for the contest! 

****Just a quick note, in case you didn't win the gorgeous pearl earrings, they are now on SALE!  Sharon has put the Pearl Earrings and Pearl Ring on sale 25% off until Mother's Day.  Here is the link - http://www.sharoncasejewelry.com/Mothers_Day_gift.html  I know what I am getting for Mother's Day!!! Well as long as my son is reading this!!!!

I am sure we all know what the ring and earrings look like but I had to add this beautiful picture of Sharon!  As you can see Sharon is wearing the earrings, ring, and also the Geometric Bracelet, that I recently bought and LOVE! 

Once again, thank you to all of our followers!  We appreciate you and hope that you continue reading!  Our next contest will be coming soon and will feature makeup products, some from IMATS!!

In the case of finding a winner of our first Blog Contest - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy

Thursday

Perfume is Powerful

I thought I would share a little story with all of you about the power that perfume has over people.  I have been wearing perfume since the Avon pins my sisters used to buy me with the perfume solid on the back.  I am sure many of you reading have absolutely no idea what I am talking about (see below for pic).   I can also remember going into my mother or sisters room and spraying theirs.  I  remember my sister's White Shoulders on her dresser.  I can recall my mother's Chanel No5 bottle sitting on hers.  I can even remember my dads Old Spice bottle sitting on his dresser.  I once went over my dads wearing Chanel No 5, and he told me that it reminded him of my mother. As he sat there I know he was remembering so many good memories from the past. This is exactly what perfume can do.  Perfume is very powerful and can invoke emotions in someone.  Perfume has the power to make someone feel a certain way, think of a certain place, or remember a certain time or person.  With that said, I would like to tell you what else a perfume can do for you.   

The other day at work I walked into another office.  One of the girls asked me what kind of perfume I was wearing, since I have moved on from the Avon pins and was not wearing my fragrance on my shirt, I immediately went to my purse and pulled out my half full bottle of Bond No9 Nuits De Noho.  This has been one of my favs for years.  She held it in her hand and asked if she could spray it.  I of course said yes and she did.  As soon as she put it on I could see a smile come to her face.  She looked at me and said these words, "I feel pretty."  That in turn put a smile on my face.  I too feel pretty when I spray a perfume, especially this one.  This made me so happy because I believe that every woman should feel pretty, not just some days, every single day of their lives. When I thought about this interaction, and even right now when I think about it, it puts a smile on my face.  Yesterday was this gorgeous girls birthday, and how I wish it could have been a bottle, I gave her some samples of Bond No9 which included a sample of Nuits De Noho. 

I guess my point is that I hope every woman who wears perfume or fragrance feels this exact same way.  I truly believe that every woman should feel pretty.  Perfume can invoke many feelings, memories, emotions, and also make someone feel good, I guess that perfume is pretty powerful!

So the next time you are in a department store and the fragrance model greets you asking, "Would you like to sample our new fragrance?"  The answer should be, without hesitation, YES I WOULD LOVE TOO!  It may remind you of something special, or just make you feel special yourself!  Not all perfumes are created equal, and not every perfume is for everyone.  If the perfume makes you feel pretty, no matter the price, BUY IT!  You will not be disappointed. 

In the case of spreading gorgeous fragrance all around - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy


http://www.bondno9.com/



Avon Vintage Pin - This one was always my fav!
Yes, I know I have come a long way throughout the years!!!!