Pirate Makeup How To Video

I have to admit, I have watched girls singing Broadway songs on YouTube. It is fun to see the talent out there and also to see how people perform. I just love it when they first come on the video and say, "Hi Everyone!" or "Hi Guys!". I guess they know how many people are actually watching them by how many views they have.

Today, I came across a video of how to apply makeup for a sexy pirate costume. If you watch this video on You Tube, they will suggest similar videos. It is amazing how many videos there are out there. Enjoy!

Free Suave for One Year

I ran across the beauty blog of Nadine Haobsh (aka Jolie), the author of Beauty Confidential. She has partnered with the Suave and they are giving away a year's supply of Suave products. Find her blog and contest here. The products they are giving away are:

Apparently, she also has a second book coming out January 27, 2009. The book is titled Confessions of a Beauty Addict. It can be pre-ordered on Amazon here.

How to Apply False Eyelashes

Have you ever used false eyelashes? I have always been tempted for special events but didn't want to look overdone. For Halloween this year, I have decided to try them out. I looked online and found this great guide to apply them. You can view it by clicking here.
I found some great lashes online at Sally Beauty Supply. They have a wide selection and they also have some great temporary hair colors for Halloween. These lashes were $3.50 but I found some at Wal-mart for $2.87.

Have you ever used false eyelashes? Have any tips for applying them?
Top Halloween Costumes

Click here to see the top Halloween Costumes for Adults, Children and Adults.
What are you going to be? Come on and tell us!

MAC does Halloween

Are you wanting to dress up for Halloween but you don't want to wear a crazy costume? Do you want to shock your co-workers or the trick or treaters? Try some of these looks from MAC cosmetics. Instructions can be found at their website here.

Total Beauty

I am so excited! I just found out that I got accepted to Total Beauty - the Total Beauty blog community. I will post more information later. Thanks to everyone for reading Moody Maria.
Check out Total Beauty today!

I heart your Blog too!

I finally got an award! I am so excited. I feel like such an official blogger. Gina at an "unpinklife" gave out this award to all the bloggers on her buzz list. I am very honored! I enjoy reading the updates on her "unpink world" and find it so interesting since I don't have girls. Also, she lives on the other side of the world from me so I enjoy seeing her pictures with green grass and changing seasons. She has a great blog so check it out here. Thanks Gina!

I am passing on this award to 7 of my favorite blogs to check out:

Mellyroo Designs - Sara is one of the hardest workers I know and she does it all for her sweet baby, Mel. She is always there for me when I have a blog question or just want to chat about our busy lives. Check out her great products!

Lora - She has a great blog with the most adorable family. She is a very talented writer and a highly organized person. I wish I could be as organized as her! (not listed due to privacy)

Tales from the Salti Peaks - A single girl living in Salt Lake City. She speaks her mind and I love it!

Tucson Scene - If you ever want to come to Tucson or see what the music scene has to offer, this is the website to check out first. This is run by my way cool older brother, James.

Beauty in Real Life - I don't know how they do it, but they keep up on the world of beauty at an amazing rate. They must drink lots of coffee.

Musings of a Muse - I am signed up for the Muse's email list so I get her posts almost daily. I love seeing all the experiments she does with makeup on herself. She is such a hard worker and I know she will "take over the world" someday.

Mommy Always Wins - Colleen is a working mom in Wisconsin. She not only takes great pictures, but she can tell stories that make you think you were there and that you grew up with her. She is a talented writer and someone you would want as your friend. She has attitude but you can tell she has a heart of gold. Plus, she is from Wisconsin. Have you ever met someone from Wisconsin that you didn't love?

Shopping Habit Poll

Beauty Trend Alert - the Mohawk for your Nails

Check out this post from Sephora's beauty blog! Apparently, this type of manicure is not an accident and women actually ask for this in Italy. Hmmm, wonder if it will make it to the U.S.?

Check out these Shoes!

The "Posh" is at it again. She is trying to find a way to stand out. These mega heels hit the runway back in the spring but finally hit stores like Sax and Niemans this fall.

What do you think of these shoes? A little crazy but I guess when you have as many shoes as she does, you get bored.

Beckman does Vogue India

Victoria Beckman is on the front of Vogue India which hits stores next week. What do you think of her hair?

Lancome announces their First PowerMascara

Today the Lancome website is launching their first ever vibrating Powermascara. At 7000 oscillations per minute, this is some powerful stuff! It can be found here.

The price is $34 and it comes with 2 free samples if you order it on their website and use the special promo code OSCILLATION.

Would you use a vibrating mascara?

The Lash Stash is Back

Sephora is offering a mascara set again - The Lash Stash. A 10 pack of mascaras for $35! This would make a great stocking stuffer or gift for a picky makeup junkie. No, that wasn't a hint Annie!

The kit includes a 0.12 oz Smashbox Bionic Mascara; a 0.10 oz Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara; a 0.11 oz Vincent Longo The Curl Mascara; a 0.10 Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara; a 0.13 oz Too Faced Lash Injection Pin Point Mascara; a 0.10oz Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara; a .32 oz Urban decay Big Fatty Mascara; a 0.13 oz DuWop Lash Venom Mascara; a 0.13 oz Korres Deep Colour Mascara; and a 0.17 oz Cargo Texas Lash Mascara.

Check it out at www.sephora.com

Bellissima Salon and Spa

I am so excited! I just started using Facebook and I have hooked up with so many high school friends. It is fun to look back at how we used to wear our hair and make fun of each other through tagging each other on photos. What is not fun is when your husband posts pictures of you without permission and then tags you so all your friends see it. Who taught him to use the scanner anyhow?

In my discoveries, I found out that a friend from my high school tennis team owns a salon here in Tucson! It is called Bellissima Salon and Spa. They carry Bumble and Bumble, Pureology, Phyto and Framesi hair products. I am so excited and I will have to venture to her salon very soon.

Their website is: http://www.bellissimasalonaz.com/

How fun would it be to have access to all these products???

Trendy Reusable Grocery Totes

At work we were discussing the different selection of grocery store reusable bags. A few of us were embarrassed that we hadn't done our part for Mother Nature and we sat around the rest of the day with guilt-ridden faces.

I knew I had to rush to Target or Whole Foods to get a cute reusable bag soon. I have to show my kids that they shouldn't waste plastic bags. In fact, San Francisco is going to ban them and Whole Foods doesn't carry them anymore. More stores will follow suit within the next few years. Also, with the economy, it will be a great way for them to cut costs and use the "environment" excuse.

After watching the Planet Green channel all night, I decided to do a little research on the latest and greatest in reusable bags. I am also going to challenge myself to not be wasteful in my makeup usage, recycle each container and start looking for environmental friendly products.

This is the first trendy reusable bag in Hollywood. It sells for $28.99 on luxurydivas.com.

If you live in LA or wish you did, these bags are pretty blah but make a statement. They are $28 each as they should be. You are paying for the name.
Breast Cancer AwarenessLora would love this one! These two bags were found on www.awarenesstshirts.com

I found this on http://www.redpaperrecord.etsy.com/ These are cute and they have others.

Found this one on ebay- Cheryl would love it if I showed up at Loews Ventana Canyon with this!

Sephora came up with a cute bag and the proceeds from the sales go to a good cause. Check this out: Sephora is proud to announce the launch of The Sephora Project, a new initiative created to educate and empower women and girls whose mission, like Sephora's, is to make the world a more beauty-full place. When you purchase The Sephora Project Tote Bag ($12), six dollars from each bag will be donated to Girls For A Change, a national organization that empowers girls to create social change.

I think this bag will inspire a few to quit using plastic bags! I am sure that Leslie will be sporting one after Sephora opens in Tucson on my son's birthday - November 14th!

This cute bag was found on http://www.tuckerbags.com/

For the environment, I use less water in my child's bath, I tell my boys to turn off the water when they brush their teeth, we recycle, we turn off lights when we are not in the room (we could be better though) and we have switched almost all of our lights to low energy bulbs, use a programmable thermostat, use a time of use electric meter, water down our soap when it is low and other little things. I am sure there are a lot of improvements we could make and I intend to do that in 2009.
What do you do in your daily routine or teach your children to do to help with the environment?

How Can you do this to Plaid?

Wasn't I just saying how great and preppy plaid was? How can Heidi Montag go and make plaid sleezy? The girl is just so obnoxious. But....I can say one thing nice about her. For someone who has such bleached-blonde hair, her hair always looks good and healthy. And yes, if I saw her on the streets of LA, I would get all excited too.

Enough said, "Don't sleeze out the plaid."

Red Plaid is Great for the Preppy at Heart

Picture from http://justjared.buzznet.com/tags/katie-holmes/

Ok- This shirt is too cute not to post! I love red plaid. I am so glad it's BACK! Does that mean I can go out and buy one of these gowns and be in style? My hubby would love it...ha ha.

Makeup Tips to Erase 10 years

We all want to look more youthful and with less wrinkles. Check out this article from totalbeauty.com that features way to erase 10 years off your face with makeup. Find the article here.

MellyRoo is having a Contest!

One of my favorite blogs is having a contest! She is giving away a free personalized pen/pencil holder. I am not sure the size but I bet you could use it for makeup brushes : ) She also has some great stuff just in time for those fall birthdays or holidays!

Leave me a comment with your favorite item!
Go visit Mel's Mom over at MellyRoo Designs today!

Click Here to Enter.

Win Katie's Juicy Sweater!

Just Jared is having a contest again!

Just Jared is teaming up with Juicy Couture to give away a Striped Cardigan Sweater from the Fall 2008 Collection. And because Juicy Couture launched its brand spankin’ new website, JustJared.com is giving away Katie’s Juicy sweater for free!!! You can also pick one up Katie’s sweater yourself at JuicyCouture.com.

This contest ends next Wednesday, October 15 @ 7PM EST. Good luck!

Win by clicking here.

October Contest to be Announced Soon!

I can't believe it is FALL and I haven't even announced a Contest yet! I will come up with one today.

E.L.F. Cosmetics - Good or Bad?

I have not used E.L.F. makeup products but I was asked to do a short review on the products. I went and did some research and found there is a lot of buzz about this make-up. There is good and bad buzz though. People either love it or hate it! I would suggest you check out some reviews on www.totalbeauty.com and enter the product you are interested in purchasing. Overall, I think the products are made with cheaper ingredients and therefore, can be sold at a less expensive price. One review mentioned that the ingredients were not listed on the product and when she inquired about it, the company said the products are "infused" and therefore the ingredients couldn't be listed. I will be curious to hear from some of you on how your experience is with these products.
Here are some tidbits I found online. Some of them are quite amusing. Keep in mind, everyone has different skin and different experiences with make-up!

the eyeliner: i got the gilded which is like a gold color. It's nice but it doesn't stay forever. Also, it's really really natural looking so if you're looking for something that actually shows up, this isn't for you.

the bronzer: okay, but you need like a really good brush or else it just cakes on. OH, yeah, i just remembered I also got a brush from elf. for the powders, and it was okay but made the bronzer look really heavy and red and unnatural.

the powders: They DID NOT control shine, DID NOT have any coverage, and were sooo dark. Like seriously, get the lightest one, and it'll still be too dark.
The nail polish SUCKS.

the pencil eyeliner didnt work for me, it wouldnt show up no matter how hard i pushed.

as for the pressed powder, no way. i didnt like it at all. im a pale girl, so i got the lightest shade...and it is an orange color.

the face-blotting sheets are excellent; i use them after i put sunscreen off my face and it absorbs all of the oil.

i like the eyeshadows too, but i'm also not a fan of the eyeliner....but the mascara works very well.
Many people have also complained about slow shipping with some orders not arriving till 2-3 weeks (or even a month) later, so just be aware of that.

everything is like MINI! so dont let the pictures fool you. IT WORKS & GOOD!BUT ITS JUST "TRAVEL SIZE"!
Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner: OMG, OMG, DO NOT GET THIS ITEM! It sucks so much. I feel bad for even spending a dollar on it. The eyeliner brush is hard to work with, the eyeliner formula itself is very cheap. You can actually peel off your eyeliner after it dries. SERIOUSLY! It takes forever to dry too--thus, smudges like crazzzy. NOT WATERPROOF, like it claims to be.Just don’t buy it. Spend your dollar on something more worthwhile.

Oh, I agree that the eyeshadow is ok but nothing to write home about, but it's also only $1. I also like the eye lash curler and the brushes in general are kind of crappy quality. But again, what do you want for $1? The lip glosses are good and like I said, I really like the clear mascara. I think that's my favorite product. I don't like the eye make up remover pads AT ALL.

The products are horrible. I guess they would look good on you if you were an orange pumpkin or a hooker. I only spent $40.00 and it all went to the trash except for the make up brushes. Please please do not waste your money. Everything is like trial size too. What a joke.

I bought some products about a month ago and I am very happy with everything I got. I spent about $30 all together including shipping and I got a TON of stuff (and nothing was missing from my order). I figured for the price why not try some new things. I stayed away from the concealers and powders bc I have sensitive skin (and didn't want to risk it) but I did get a bunch of lip glosses, eye shadows and a couple of nail polishes.I am planning on placing another order soon. I would (and have) recommend the products to anyone.

Do not order from elf, scam alert, you will be sorry. Cheap lead filled products. And to the lady giving this to her children to 'play' with, please reconsider. You will poison them with lead from China.
My only real hesitation about this product is that it is made in China. Given that there's been so much trouble with quality control of products coming out of China, I imagine this is the real threat to e.l.f's future sales. So many of us will not buy again because we don't want to take a chance on our well being.

I am completely happy with e.l.f. I placed two orders last weekend and received them both today (Friday). Nothing was missing and everything was correct and in good condition. My coworkers were admiring the products and asking where they could buy them. The only item I've tried so far is the nail polish, which I had previously purchased in a store. It's one of the best polishes I've ever used and after a week is still chip-free.

I use ELF cosmetics because it's inexpensive. I think you get more bang for your buck and the quality can be compared to the pricier lines. I have very sensitive skin and I haven't broken out yet (knock on wood). The shadows come in an array of colors and you are able to pick your colors and make your own palette similar to the MAC palettes if you don't want to buy their custom palettes. The eye lash curler is the best curler I've used. It doesn't pull out my lashes as some have experienced. I've tried liquid liner before and never had so much success with ELF liquid liners. I guess it's a matter of preference.

Terrible quality, slow shipping, my order was also incomplete and I was not refunded the $6 difference. The lip glosses are wicked gross, the nail polish is cheap and needs about 8 coats to look somewhat like the color and the hairs in the brushes come out easily. Don't waste your money, you are better off with quality items from MAC, clinque even though they cost more they last and work properly.

I really like their products. Try them for yourself. Some of the products were loosely packed (like the blush) but that's okay---what do you expect for a dollar?

I don't see why ladies are complaining. I have always gotten my orders in full and on time. The make-up and nail polish have been wonderful. If I don't tell people they would never know I pay such cheap prices to look so good.Keep up the good work E.L.F.Love your stuff!
Good Luck Everyone! Let me know if you have used E.L.F. and what you think!

Kenra Hairspray Review

Ever been on vacation and forget something? Ever been on vacation to a small town that doesn't even have a Target and forget your hairspray? Well, if you are like me, you can find a beauty product in ANY town. That's exactly what I did.

I found a little Regis salon inside a Super Walmart and I was in product heaven. All these name brands, not enough time to look. Luckily, I was with my mother-in-law, who is also a product junkie. She is so fun to shop with! Somehow, she also gets excited about finding the perfect straightening balm or shine spray. The men in our life just don't understand it.

I asked the saleswoman who, by the way, had a 60s beehive hairdo. I was a little nervous, but figured, if she can keep that hairdo alive with a hairspray, maybe my curls would stay in too. She recommended Kenra 13 or 25 hairspray. All of their products have numbers and the higher up you go, the stronger the hold. I decided to be cautious and get the 13. I will tell you honestly, the scent isn't that great, but I liked it. It wasn't sticky and I could still comb through my hair. It worked for my immediate needs.

A few months after using 13, I decided to visit Ulta in Tucson. I asked the saleswoman what hairspray she recommended and she asked the hairstylist on duty. She literally screamed out, "FOUR TIME WINNER HAIRSPRAY CHOICE OF HAIRSTYLISTS, KENRA #25!" I was a little embarrassed, but grabbed a bottle and ran to the front to check out. I had my handy coupon from the mail and walked out a happy camper.

I have been using #25 for about a month and I have to say, I really like it. I use a little here and there and it seems to give me volume and does not crunch my hair as cheap sprays can do. I think I paid $15 so it is a little pricey, but I have been getting pretty good results.

Overall, #25 is a good number. The #13 is a little light for me.
*I can't wait to get my hands on this limited edition pink #25. Kenra has pledged to donate $25,000 to City of Hope.
Info on How they are a Winner: Winner of the Behind the Chair "Stylist Choice Awards 2006, Kenra Volume Spray - Super Hold Finishing Spray 25 is a super hold finishing spray for ultimate volume and control. After polling some 75,000 salon professionals about their favorite products, Behindthechair.com, at the 2006 Stylist Choice Awards, found that the Kenra Volume Spray 25 is the favorite hairspray among professionals.

Kenra can be found at Ulta, Regis, Cost Cutters, Trade Secrets and more salons. They have a product finder on their website: http://www.kenra.com/

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