Smoke & Mirrors Beauty: Black Friday Sale!

You guys know this brand makes my ever favorite false lash…

Today, the company is having a BLACK FRIDAY SALE, with 40% off the regular price! That’s HUGE…

But here’s the catch: you have to  buy at least 4 PAIRS OF LASHES to qualify for the discount.

After that, just enter LASHFRIDAY at checkout.

Interested? Check out all the lash goodness at Smoke & Mirrors Beauty

FOTD: Extreme Highlight

I think I’m wearing about 15 pounds of makeup in this FOTD… I was trying to make a point. You should know that I blended the HECK out of everything… and still in the pictures, you can see parts that look like they need a little more. This was a bit of a lesson for me. Despite the many layers of concealer and highlighter, the makeup still came out looking pretty natural in real life. However, the flash on my camera lit me in most UNNATURAL fashion:

FACE:
Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (03)
Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Foundation (11)
MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC42 (under eyes)
By Terry Touche Veloute (under eyes/around nose)
Cargo Blush in Laguna
Chanel Blush in Or (highlight)
 EYES:
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom/BlackBear (brows)
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre (lashline to brow)
MAC Pigment in Lithe (lashline to brow)
Guerlain Kohl in Black Frida (waterline/tightline)
Smoke & Mirrors Beauty Las Vegas Lashes
LIPS
MAC Lip Pencil in Mouth Off
Armani Lip Gloss in Brown 200
Now, all of this drama was for my Wedding Anniversary (6 years), so as soon as I got finished playing in makeup… hubby and I hopped over to one of our favorite restaurants: Vibrato Jazz & Grill. www.vibratogrilljazz.com/
Hubby
Took us FOREVER to get a freakin’ picture together with at least PART of our faces in it. He finally told me to use this one, even though you can only see a little bit of him.

Our talent for the evening was a lovely lady from Iceland… who had the most amazing voice. I’m always blown away by the ‘control’ needed to really hold a jazz note. Her performance was exquisite. I think the two people sitting there in front were on a first date. Hubby and I did a  bit of ‘people watching’ , and we’re pretty sure it was their first time out together.

Of note: Tom Jones was there to eat and relax. My mother-in-law is going to LOVE that when I tell her. Our songstress tried to get him to come up and sing, but he declined. We applauded him anyway.

All in all, it was a good night, and a great Anniversary. We’ll do it again next year!

Cirque du Soleil: IRIS

While many of you Divas were out cutting up and shopping to your heart’s content for Fashion’s Night Out ( I wanted to go out… but passed for a worthy cause)…

I was in a theater, taking in Cirque Du Soleil: IRIS:

It was hubby’s birthday, so I took him to the show as a gift. Since he’s a filmmaker, it’s only natural that he’d be attracted to a show about a journey through the world of cinema. It was QUITE the spectacle… we really had a good time.

For the show, I wanted to do something a little ‘Old Hollywood’ with a shimmery twist. It didn’t quite work out that way. I ended up with lush lashes and a berry lip. Ah well, it was close enough:

FACE
Guerlain Parure Extreme (Dore 24)
Kevyn Aucoin Diaphonous Radiance Powder
Chanel Blush in Rose Ecrin
EYES
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #9 (lashline to brow)
Anastasia Matte Brow Highlight (browbone)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Maowi (brows)
Napoleon Perdis China Doll Eyeliner (lashline)
Stila Smudge Stick in Stone (waterline)
Smoke & Mirrors Beauty New York City Lash

LIPS
Guerlain Rouge G in #70
Beaute Lip Gloss in Allure

FOTD: Sheer Coral

It’s hot as Hades outside… and I just wanted to work ‘with’ my skin. Any kind of fancy makeup would end up just sliding off me. So I’m not fighting nature today…

FACE
Illamasqua Skin Base (sheered out) in #15
Armani Blushing Fabric in #1
EYES
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Maowi (brows)
MAC Paint Pot in Coral Crepe (all over)
MAC Pigment in Electric Coral (on lids/under waterline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Underground
Smoke & Mirrors New York City Lash
MAC Opulash (bottom lashes)
LIPS
YSL Gloss Pur in #8

Ready… Set… Smoke & Mirrors Beauty!

Most of you already know by now how much I love Smoke & Mirrors lashes. Really… there’s no comparison. In terms of weight, feel, and finish… Smoke & Mirrors Beauty is miles ahead of the competition.

But I must admit, I’m a creature of habit. I only wear the New York City Lash (my hands down favorite) and the Hollywood Lash.

In an attempt to pull me out of my comfort zone, Smoke & Mirrors Beauty sent me the entire regular lineup (minus the Heart Lash, which is ever sold out):

Atlanta:
Long and Spiky. The jury is still out.
New York City:
Soft finish and ‘how the hell did you get your lashes to grow like that’… my absolute favorite.
Chicago:
Normally not a fan of this lash shape… but I’m up for the challenge.
Nashville:
Dead ringer for Naimies False lash in #747 Small… without the $1.49 price tag.
Las Vegas:
Hmm… might be my next favorite. A little longer than New York City, but still with that lovely finish.
Hollywood:
My faves behind New York City. Perfect for dramatic nights out, when you want to channel your inner 
Diva…
Miami:
These pulled me right out of my comfort zone.
Spiky … but still really soft and feminine… and wear like a DREAM.
There they are! I tried the Miami lashes first because I was the most skeptical about them… and they ROCK. I’ve never been a fan of spiky false lashes, especially for regular wear. Spiky lashes tend to look fake, and unless I’m doing a concept look… I want my lashes to look as lush and ‘natural’ as possible.
I’ve been a fan of this brand since I was first introduced to it a couple of years ago (has it been that long?)… and I’m sure my love affair won’t be ending any time soon. They feel great on, and they really ‘enhance’ your face without overwhelming it. They give versions from MAC and Make Up For Ever a serious run for their money.
Now, if I could just get them to offer a professional discount…

You can get Smoke & Mirrors Beauty Lashes on their website: www.smokeandmirrorsbeauty.com

FOTD: Autumn Inspired

The day began really cool and very Autumn like… so I pulled out a little sage, a little orange, and a pair of falsies for the occasion:

FACE
Illamasqua Skin Base (#14 and #15)
Guerlain Meteorites (Dore)
Armani Blushing Fabric (Sienna)
EYES
MAC Eyeshadow in Studied Brown (brows)
Armani Eyshadow Palette in Jacquard:
Lightest Green on Browbone
Medium Green in Crease
Darkest Green on lid and under waterline
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline)
Smoke & Mirrors Beauty Lashes in Miami
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
LIPS
Ellis Faas Milky Lips (L204)

Score! Smoke & Mirrors Lashes

So…

Smoke & Mirrors beauty had a bit of a contest on Twitter (@smblashes )… if you got 10 folks to follow them .. they sent you a pair of lashes.

I won! Well, I’m not the only person who won. But I did win a pair of lashes!

These arrived for me on Saturday… Yipee!!! And clearly someone’s been paying attention, because the NEW YORK CITY LASH is my favorite ever!

I LOVE these lashes. They look and feel so natural.. there’s nothing like them. Seriously.