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Back at Making Video's (For a New Year - 2011)

Hello Everyone,

Well I didn't last till the 6th of January, which was my original time to come back and start making videos and blogging again. I guess all I can say is that I missed it and decided a  few days ago to come back early.

So that's why there are 3 new video's posted (after my December favorites) they are all new video's.
and this link if you click on it will bring you to my YouTube page/website http://www.youtube.com/user/alwayscosmeticjunkie

Idea's for January!
I have a few stacked up in my mind, I will be doing more tutorials, Some interesting ones and Some looks that will be themed off different things and Some tutorial looks that will be out of left field just to keep it interesting. But you'll have to keep a close eye on my YouTube channel for those's looks coming  in January!!!!!!

There will One more Haul, which I mention in my last video posted, and then like normal at the end of January, I'll have my January favorites video posted, i…

A BIG Thank you

Hello My Fellow Blog Reader's,


I just wanted to Give my thanks this year for reading and being apart of my blog this year.


To everyone have a fantastic Christmas and new year (holiday break), and I'll be back in January 2011 from of the 6th blogging and Posting Video's on my YouTube channel. 
http://www.youtube.com/user/alwayscosmeticjunkie

A HUGE Thank you to all that have Subscribed to my YouTube channel this year, it's greatly appreciated and it's been a joy to upload video's and be apart of the Beauty community.


Thanks


Erica :)

Tips: For a Makeup Safety Christmas / Holiday

Have you ever woken up on Christmas morning, knowing that photos will be made, family and friends coming over and you a wake to a huge pimple, acne trouble or a rash on face.
Yes it can happen to the best of us, and yet most of us go unaware of why this has happens or is a recurring problem.

Most times (if your a teenager for sure) it can be hormones why?.
Cause hormones can make the skin extra oily in over production and that will = a pimple or making acne worser, heat and cold weather can play havoc with your skins health too. As cold can make your skin over dry that will = a rash effect on the skin and heat make your skin extra oily and that = pimples and /or acne.

But with or hormones and weather conditions aside, did you know that extra little pick me up skin product, Mask or cosmetic product could have given you, your skin woes.
I've had this problem myself before, Christmas is coming and you want your skin to look glowing and health and if possible acne / Pimple free. So yo…

Christmas Wish List - My Top 5

Every Year, when December draws near. Cosmetic companies everywhere come out with there Christmas beauty sets, exclusive collections and palettes featuring more colors then you would need.

But with an array of beauty products out in December, I will agree it is like a drop of Heaven on earth. What girl dose not love having something new, that is pretty and colorful and so easy to fall in love with.
And with all these new things out it can be a extremely hard time to buy for family and friends (and yourself too).

So I'm going to help and give my Top 5 December Beauty Newbies a voice above the rest.

1. For the Busy girl or Beginner to makeup you can't go past the e.l.f Beauty Encyclopedia Eye Editions in - Basic Eye Edition. This palette is perfect for creating eye looks for close to every occasion, with this palette you can create a nude eye, Smokey eye, Dramatic eye, classic eye so on and so forth.
This palette also comes with a dual ended brush and a black eye liner pencil is …

Holiday Makeup Tutorials

My Holiday Themed makeup tutorials are now up on YouTube.
I'v posted my Christmas and New Years Eve makeup tutorial, So they are ready to be viewed.

Christmas Tutorial - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmlPlWe2nQw
For the Christmas tutorial I kept the colors traditional this year, so colors on focus are the Green, Red and Gold.

New Years Eve Tutorial - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1x_i7KMpyM
For the News Years I wanted Sparkles and Glitter and lots of it too, my metallic color of choice this year is Sliver (my favorite). And lashes that you could only get away with wearing in the festivities of the month of December.

So that is it for all the tutorials that are being posted for the month of December.
In 2011 January and the months to follow there will be tones more tutorial (Thought out the Year: 2011), Reviews, Hauls and Vlog updates.

So till then THANK YOU for subscribing, viewing and be coming friends on my YouTube channel page (and Blog) and have a great Christmas and a Rock…

My Beauty Favorites!

It's all good to review makeup, but I thought that I'd share my favorites list on my blog, and maybe you'd find something useful, to try yourself.
So here is my Makeup favorites of things I use everyday or very often.

Face
1. Revlon Colorstay foundation in Buff
2. M.A.C Studio Finish Concealer (NC20)
3. M.A.C Prep & Prime Powder
4. M.A.C Matte Creme
5. M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (NW15)
Cheeks
1. NYX Powder Blush in Peach
2. M.A.C Sheertone Blush in Dollymix Or Springsheen
3. M.A.C Blush Crème in uncommon
4. NARS Powder Blush in Mounia
5. M.A.C Bronzing Powder in Golden
Eyes
1.  M.A.C Eye shadow
2.  Urban Decay Primer Potion
3.  Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion
4.  Clinique Eyeshadow Duo's
5.  M.A.C Paint Pot / NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil
Lips
1. M.A.C Lipstick
2. NYX Mega Shine Gloss
3. NYX Lip Liner Pencils
4. M.A.C Lipglass
5. Revlon Lipstick

Down the Red Road

I was looking for a new eyeshadow color last month a color that I don't own yet (that task was near impossible) but I did find a color that I didn't know if I should laugh or cry......Red Eyeshadow!
One word came to mind Gross, who would wear it and how do you wear red eyeshadow?.
I got over my shock and I did buy it and tried different ways to wear it.
Each way I tried it was near impossible for it to look stylish instead I ended up looking like something out of a Halloween competition, So I started blending different colors with it, instead of the blacks and pinks I had been using.
The next day I tried it for the last time but this time with brown eyeshadow in the crease and a pale beige on the brow bone  and of course the red eyeshadow swept gently over the lid. I applied my favorite mascara a little dark brown liner on the top and bottom lash line to tie in with the brown in the crease.
I grabbed my magnified mirror and took a closer look at my creation closer.
And it look…

Product Rave - NYX Blush

So In my first product rave I want to give the spotlight to NYX Blush in 06 Peach.
This blush is a beautiful pink color with soft peach undertone, it's soft and matte finish looks flawless and natural on the skin. It blends well into the skin, and suits most skin tone from light to tanned skins.
It's a staple in my makeup bag and my go to blush for most days.
I recommend if you don't own it, take a look into getting it it's truly beautiful.

Mineral Magic Or Madness?

I remember nearly 3 years ago when I saw the ad for the first mineral foundation, that was now widely available in Australia, it was the Maybelline Mineral power Powder foundation.
I had though heard whispers in the wind about this "Healthier" Makeup, on the web when looking for New makeup things and in videos on beauty blogs and YouTube.

But when it came to our shores (Australia) I knew that it would take off like a rocket, especially because we all get the "healthier is better" rammed down out throats, so why not the same in makeup!.

Nevertheless, I when out and brought this new craze foundation and tried it for a month and I must say that it was not bad at all, it did not do all the miracle things that it claimed too, but it did look good on the skin and was not as irritating on the skin at first touch and did not flair up my acne.

So within a year from that brand (Maybelline) coming out with it's first Mineral product, it was no surprise that other brands…

Finding a Bargain in the Drugstore

For those of us that don't like to spend a small fortune on cosmetics but still want to look beautifully polished, drugstore cosmetics is our friend. But finding the good from the bad products can be hard. So that's why I've put a list together of the top performing cosmetics from the drugstore that I love to use and have in general in the market been hailed as great cosmetics too.

Foundation
Dry Skin Try - Loreal Roll on True Match Foundation
Oily Skin Try - Revlon ColorStay Foundation For Combination / Oily Skin
Combination Skin Try -  Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
Normal Skin Try - Revlon Photo Ready foundation
Sensitive Skin Try - Maybelline Mineral Power Powder Foundation

Concealer
Stick Concealer Try - Loreal Infallible Concealer
Liquid Concealer Try -  Revlon ColorStay Blemish Concealer OR Almay Smart Shade Concealer
Compact Concealer Try - CoverGirl Simply Ageless Concealer
Mineral Based Concealer Try - Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer

Powder

Dry Skin Try - Physicians Fo…

Ulta 3 Nail Polish

If your in the market and looking for some cheap and easy to apply nail polish then I found something really good. I'm not really a nail polish girl but when I found these wonderful nail polishes that go on smooth last a long time and don't stain the nails, I just had to tell you all.
They are the Ulta 3 Nail polishes, they come in huge range of colors and they cost $2 each, a total bargain for a excellent salon quality nail polish.
They are available at chemists and selected shops, you'll have to check your local area though if there in stock.

Click the link to go to there web page http://heatgroup.com.au/brands_ulta3.asp

The 3 Wonder Cosmetics

Women for the last centuries have been looking for the 3 perfect stables in there makeup bag, a skin perfecting foundation, a lash wonder of a mascara and a gloss that gives color but not that sticky feeling.

So where dose one look when on the look out for these perfect items that are "must haves" for everyday use.  Luckily stores are loaded with choice these days and with the cosmetics industries being worth billions around the world £6.2 Billion pound alone in the UK, it's little wonder that we have a overload of choice. 
Having tested loads of different cosmetics brands over the past 4 years I've been into makeup, I have have found that it's very easy to spend money on things you never use and very hard to find something that is a perfect match. Lets begin with foundation
Flawless skin with foundation - Round One
How many unloved foundation do you own? I'm going to guess a few.  That's because our obsession with finding "The One" perfect foundation…

5 Top Mac Eye Shadows

The 5 MAC Eyeshadow's I believe are worthy of being in your collection. 

Please feel free to contact me if you like a Cosmetic Product to be reviewed you can write me at ericabeauty7@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

To Use Primer or Not To Use Primer?

Yes Primer!, It came when no one was looking in the dead of night, But that was a few years ago now after much marketing. 


Because priming your face before foundation has become a huge thing to do and a great new marketing tool for cosmetic industries alike. They tell you it's your secret weapon to a flawless "Canvas" to apply your foundation on and that it will also make the foundation last better and make it more resilient to foundation becoming horrible as the day wears on.  


But here is the question is it a true foundation help or a foundation hinder?
That is where my quest for the truth started about a 4 months ago, testing lots of the popular brands of primers to find out if it truly is a wonder product and must have. 


On to my results 


 So I have oily skin and yes some acne too, so a fresh canvas is just on order for me to make my skin smooth and "Hide" those lumps and bumps. 


I started with my first Primer, Rimmel's Recover Perfect Skin Primer what can I …

My First Haul Video

This is my first Haul Video and I'm also using my new video editing software.
So If it's a little choppy the video that's why I'm getting around the new video editing software.
But here it and thanks for watching , If you do.

Please feel free to contact me if you like a Cosmetic Product to be reviewed you can write me at ericabeauty7@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

August favorites

So my first video online, I thought a good start would be a favorites video and it's for the month of August. They are the top 10 Products from August that I used everyday for most of the month.
If you wish me to review a product in a seperate post please let me know by either posting a comment below or email me at ericabeauty7@gmail.com

Skincare

Where to start on the topic of skincare, It's a tough subject how ever you look at it. But it's a necessary part of life and vital if you wear make up.
I started in make up wearing daily when I was 16 years old. Yes that was the time of lots of acne and skin that well looked better when I had a too many laying of foundation on top of it.
Not the way to approach it but then again that's why you learn new things everyday. And my number one thing that I've learned is if you wear make up everyday it is vital to have a great skin care system that works for you and your needs.
Since I was about 16 I've been through more skincare products that where promising me beautiful soft clear and oil controlled skin forever. But many have failed and left me saddened that again I brought into the marketing hype. Before I stared my Make up wearing "Career", I was quiet happy with a basic cleanser and moisturizer, but it would not do me forever as my skin became worse and my…

M.A.C Eyeshadow Haul

I got some new M.A.C Eyeshadow's today in the mail, and excited as I'am I wanted to share to colors I got.
First is Dreammaker is a light gold color
Second is Glamour Check is a brown red color
Third is Grand Entrance is a shimmery champagne light peach color  
Fourth is Mink & Sable is a medium deep green olive color
fifth is Style Snob is a light taupe/ mauve color  
and last is Smoke & Diamonds is a sliver grey color 


I believe that most of these shade are from the Starflash collection that was a older M.A.C collection. Thank goodness for ACW  http://www.allcosmeticswholesale.com/ that's where I got all the shades cause most are now discontinued. 


I love M.A.C Eyeshadow's they are truly worth every penny and some of there colors are so unique that they are worth grabbing if you love M.A.C like I do, For example Grand Entrance is very beautiful shade it gives a radiant shimmer to the eyes, and brightens the eye with ease and looks great with other colors or by it'…

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

So I wanted a new foundation cause I was a little tried of my other two that I always use the M.A.C Studio fix fluid and Revlon ColorStay foundation.
(FYI: I have very Oliy skin and I'am prone to break out's and I'm Fair skinned)

So when I was walking though my local chemist the other day and found a new stand with a new Rimmel foundation, intrigued I walked over to take a look.
It was the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, It looked similar to something I had owned once before from Loreal. The Loreal True Match Foundation which I used for a week and broke out in all over in spots and it looked very unnatural on me when I wore the foundation.

But being the tragic I am with anything new I brought it any way and hoped for the best.
When I first applied it the next morning, I was surprised it went on smoothly and blended nicely in to my skin. I waited a minute to see how it felt on the skin and no itchy feeling or discomfit was present so I applied my favorite powder over t…

Cosmetic's are a girls best FRIEND!

Welcome to my Blog and yes you probably can see that's it's all about cosmetics.

I'm very passionate about my cosmetics and anything beauty related, I have done the beauty studies and have so much makeup that I could never use in a life time. But that's okay cause I love to share my knowledge and passion with people that feel the same as me about Cosmetics. And the more products I own the more hands on reviews and help I can give in my blog postings.

On my blog spot you'll find postings reviewing cosmetics I already own and new cosmetics I'll get in the years to come.  Please do remember that is just my option on the cosmetics I do review and if your happy using that particular cosmetic item, power to you.

My reviews will be on drug store cosmetics like, Maybelline, Revlon, Loreal, NYX, ETC and also the higher end cosmetics like M.A.C, Smashbox, Nars, Urban Decay ETC. So there a balance of reviews done
All the cosmetics I do review I have brought myself and the…