Black Friday Gift Giving Guide

Hi ya Gorgeous,Well, it’s Black Friday – people are going crazy, right now, trying to get a tv for $1. Good luck to them!

In other news, I have my favorite products for the beauty lover and their stocking stuffers, a gentleman and some makeups for the gamut in price range for others.

Let’s get started!

I’m a big fan of 7th Heaven single satchet masks! These average $2 a piece! They make a perfect stocking stuffer for the beauty lover in your life!

In the photo from left on top to right, then the second row left to right:  Passion Peel Off mask, Chocolate Mud Masque, Hot Spring Sauna Masque, Creamy Coconut mask, and for men,  the Deep Pore Cleansing peel Off mask.  You can find find these at Ulta Beauty, Walmart, Kmart, Bed Bath & Beyond and Harmon Discount stores!


Just for those with beards and facial hair that needs extra care, the Beard Guyz have created a daily wash and deep conditioner for cleansing the beard of food particles, bacteria, excess oils and to soften the facial hair.  Each bottle is $9.99 and is gentle enough for daily use.

Available from the website, or at CVS, Walgreens and HEB stores.


Also for the beard, especially in Movember, the Beard Guyz  offer a Nighttime Beard Growth serum to help facial hair growth, rehydrate dry hair and has an intense growth formula that works as the eard owner sleeps!

They also have a Beard Scentz Original spray that is pocket sized and a perfect stocking stuffer for the beard wearerer on your gift list because this wee spray will help freshen and sanitize a beard!  Find online at or your local Publix, Wegmans, Meijer or Bed Bath and Beyond store.


For the classic shaver on the  gift list, consider the Van Der Hagen Premium Shave Set. It’s a traditional shave set that is perfect for the beginner or man who prefers a more traditional shave.

The set is just $13.99 and a gift that can be used daily and last for months to come!

There is also a Van Der Hagen traditional safety razor that makes a perfect companion to the premium shave set. It comes with stainless steel razor blades and a lifetime warranty and is available for $19.99

Now for those who love makeup, like me – this new line of colors from TIGI Cosmetics is gorgeous and richly pigmented! Many of these products are available at Walmart and as well as some Ulta Beauty stores and are in the $10-20 range.

I love the shadows in the Love Affair quad! I can do my shadows, brows and liners, all in this quad!  The bronzer cheek duo, called Lovely Duo blush is highly pigmented and a shimmery bronze tone that can do both highlight, cheek color and a bit of  contour even!

Now, I love the Foxy color lip gloss and it feels and wears great. The mascara – and you must know – I am hard on mascaras as it is my favorite makeup product – this TIGI mascara is for those who like a light and natural lash look.

For the other end of the the makeup price spectrum, let’s look at Hard Candy, available exclusively at Walmart and online at

I love this line for it’s bold use of color and innovative products, as well as their affordability. Most products are $10 and under!

I’ve already done a full review of these products, you can see that in this post here,  but these two products I think would be perfect gifts for the budget beauty lover on your gift list.

The Poppin’ Pigments are so versatile and the illuminating highlight is the same when it comes to 100 ways to use!


Where ever you are shopping today, be safe and have fun!

Remember: you are beautiful!
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Holiday Gift Guide with Makeup University – Ladies Edition

Hi ya Gorgeous!Happy Monday – well, better late than never! I apologize for the delay in this posting. Tomorrow is the “Man Edition” of the Holiday Gift Guide with Makeup University – and will be much shorter, promise!

Thank you very much for watching the Makeup University
Holiday Gift Guide – Ladies Edition!

Here is the video and below it is a list of the products featured in the gift guide in random order:

Murad Hydro Dynamic Quenching Essence
Murad Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture
Renpure Coconut Milk Nourishing Shampoo
Renpure Coconut Milk Nourishing Conditioner
Renpure Coconut Whipped Creme Leave In Conditioner
Renpure Coconut Water Replenishing Treatment Mist
Jane Iredale Skin Spray Hydrator
Beauty Junkees Makeup Sponge
Beauty Junkees Makeup Brush Pouches
Chanel No 5 parfum
Versace Bright Crystal perfume
Versace Crystal Noir perfume
Tree Hut Shea Body Butter
Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub
Molton Brown Rose Absolute Body Lotion
Flower Sparkling Garden Fragrance Mist
Body Fantasies Signature Twilight Mist Fragrance body spray
Biore Pore penetrating Charcoal Bar
UNO by Gelish mini 1 step soak off gel polish
Sally Hansen 18K Gold Cuticle Eraser
Sally Hansen 18K Gold nail hardener
it Cosmetics Superhero palette
LORAC Alter EGO Dynamic Duo gloss set
Buxom 6 Degree Below Sexy mini gloss set
Tarte palette by hrush
Feetreat Pedi by look Beauty
Know When Advanced Ovulation test kit
Restore hair shampoo
Cricket Happy hair Ties & 99 Bobby Pins Tins

Remember: you are beautiful!
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Glamoflauge Mix-In Pigment Makeup Drops : You Need This In Your Life Right Now

Happy Saturday to ya Gorgeous!Oh my goodness – when it rains it pours! No complaints, though the schedule currently is jam packed and it’s travel, travel and more travel! Mainly back and forth  commuting between the Los Angeles area and home in Arizona then some Vegas work too.

Oy!  That’s where these Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-In pigment makeup drops come in!


Glamoflauge Mix-In Pigment Makeup Drops

Highly concentrated liquid pigments that  allow you to customize any face product for coverage or shade.
Squeeze the dropper and add drops to any daily moisturizer or primer to create a custom foundation.
The more drops you add, the higher the coverage.
You can also add light or dark drops to any liquid makeup to custom match your skin tone.

These are just $7.00 per tube and it’s worth every penny because you can mix in to your face oil, moisturizer, or your current fave foundation that needs to be a shade lighter or maybe a shade darker!

You have got to try this! I love it!

Find it at Walmart exclusively!

Remember: you are beautiful!
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Hard Candy Glamoflauge foundation: what the weekend needs

TGIF Gorgeous!Who is ready for the weekend? I am – but it’s not a restful and relaxing one! It’s a very exciting full of packing, planning and preparing weekend!

I’m taking my film, Jael: A Western Tale to the American Film Market next week and can hardly wait! Though there is a lot of work to accomplish before I go!

Luckily, I have this lovely bottle of Hard Candy Glamoflauge with me that I can pack! It’s perfect to last all day when paired with the Hard Candy primer.

Woo hoo! Humid ocean weather of Santa Monica, I am ready for you!

Details on Hard Candy Glamoflauge – this full coverage foundation is available at Walmart stores exclusively or online at  and it’s under $10!


This skin-perfecting fluid contains superfine pigments for seamless full coverage without looking caked-on.
Infused with kaolin clay for exceptional wear and oil absorption.
Skin retains natural moisture for 12 hours of flawless perfection and transfer resistance.

The Primer ….

This gentle, yet effective formula contains pore tightening actives and
astringents that absorb excess oil for all day flawless wear.
Micro-fine powders blur fine lines and color corrects skin tone.
Your skin will look and feel smoother, more uniform, and perfectly shine-free.

This time next week, I’ll be there … stay tuned for pictures and a recap!

Remember: you are beautiful!
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3 masks to pack for summer beauty travel with 7th Heaven

Hi ya Gorgeous!

This summer is so busy and full of travel! I’m packing these TSA approved, easy to carry and affordable masks from 7th Heaven to help keep my skin adventure ready!

These are just about a dollar and available at mass retailers like a Wal-Mart everywhere.

Get some today and have ready for a last minute road trip and turn it into an on the fly spa trip!

Hard Candy Chrome Lash Tinsel in Sapphire and a lit bit o chit chat paddywhack

Hi ya Gorgeous!
Quick update in video form for you today….
Odd, for nearly ten years Makeup University has been a daily blog and to miss 4 days…4 whole days, was unheard of.
Til now. I’m faithfully moving forward with my project and it’s all consuming. I’m still honoring Makeup University and all it’s been though posts will most likely move to a few times a week until the premiere date.

Now, let’s meet Hard Candy and the new Chrome Lash Tinsel mascara. This fun “add on” to mascara is a great way to dress up your mascara and look for music festivals, parties and the summer fun that is coming!

Enjoy the video and get your own tube of Hard Candy Chrome Lash Tinsel in one of 7 shades… (*or more!)
at Walmart for $6!

Remember: you are beautiful!
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Review: Organix Pomegranate Green Tea shampoo and shine serum
To Get Bangs or Not to Get Bangs: One Editor Answers The Question

If you’ve ever wondered what you’d look like with bangs, keep reading. Our editor tests faux fringe at New York City’s hottest new hair spot, The Bang Bar

To Get Bangs or Not to Get Bangs: One Editor Answers The Question

This is a hairstyles article

Our New York City beauty editor, Dawn Davis, has wanted bangs all her life. But her round face, curly hair, and beauty advice-giving mother have kept her from taking the plunge. So when the Butterfly Studio Salon opened a “bang bar,” she was first in line to set an appointment for professionally styled clip-ins. How does she look with fringe? Check it out now.

Go behind the scenes

Hello Gorgeous!
I had one of the best Thanksgiving celebrations ever and hope that you did too!  Part of my celebrating was testing a new shampoo of a brand I have wanted to try forever!

The Organix line can be found at Ulta’s or Walmarts. It is affordable in the under $10 range and maybe even closer to $5!

It had a great shampoo lather and rinsed clean with a light pomegranate ( love this!) scent. I also tested the shine serum to help boost luster and reduce frizzies in the hair.

I liked both products and think they would make a great gift for the beauty lover on your holiday shopping list.

This product is paraben and sulfate free making it safe for color treated hair! Enjoy!

Remember: you are beautiful!
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Goody QuikStyle: absorbent microfiberbristles : like shammy shaped brush
6 New Ways to Cut Long Hair

Stuck in a long hair rut? Here’s how to bust out

6 New Ways to Cut Long Hair

This is a long hair article

The super long hair trend is over (Sorry Gisele). Stylists are now saying that the best long haircuts range from clavicle-length to mid-back. What’s even better? You don’t have to resort to “long layers” if you want a stylish new look. See the six new cuts that both stylists and celebrities are loving now.

See new cuts

Oh gorgeous-would you look at this thing!

I feel so Ron Popeil when I use it! Ha!

Goody is really innovative in creating great hair products-and this is no different.

The brush I am testing is the half round shape but I couldn’t find a photo of it so I put the paddle picture up.

It is light-so your arm won’t get tired. It’s weird-but give it a moment for learning curve. The idea is that it will cut down drying time on your hair.

I am not sure if my drying time was cut down because I spent quite some time fussing with the brush. For me, it works best when I flip my hair over my head and dry upside down. This gave me a lot of volume.  Interesting: I got a great blow dry: meaning smooth and full hair, but I did need to go back in with the dryer at a cooler temp and my normal round brush and shape my hair a bit more.

So overall: as for being a tool that combines safe drying, with function and style-I give this a thumbs up!

I am concerned that it comes with instructions on how to clean it and microbial something and “freshness”.
These are new terms to me when it comes to my hair brush.

In short-try one-it’s worth it. You can find the Goody QuikStyle at Walmarts and Targets for $11.99


Remember: you are beautiful!
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I Heart Radio: P!NK inspired look with RIMMEL
Celebrities Reveal Their Secrets to Looking Younger

Nope, Hollywood hasn’t found the fountain of youth. Stars just have amazing tricks to stay (looking) forever young

Celebrities Reveal Their Secrets to Looking Younger

This is a anti-aging skin care article

It’s not just genetics that affect our skin. Our lifestyle choices, nutrition, and skin care also play a huge role in how we age. Take these celebrity examples: Kathie Lee Gifford and Christie Brinkley. They’re both 58 but Brinkley looks decades younger. How? A few of these expert tips will help you steal her secrets.

Reveal their secrets

Hello Gorgeous!
OH wow! The I Heart Radio festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas was live streamed over Yahoo-or a Xbox 360 for those of us who were unable to make it in person.

In the words of Taylor Swift ” I’m definitely going next year”!

So here is a short video to share the Rimmel of London haul-that I have used to create a P!NK inspired smokey eye and nude lip like what she wore in her set on Saturday.

I did not go into detail in the video about how to get a PINK’s mohawk if you have long hair like mine-but here’s the short version:
1. Section the top of your head into 3 parts from the forehead hairline to the crown. Tease tight, then smooth over with a brush.

2. I put my hair into a high ponytail-and kept the teased section smooth and tall.

3. Sprayed it all down with some Samy shine hairspray, set a bow at the back of the teased ‘faux’ hawk and fluffed out the base of the pony tail.

It’s a PINK like hairstyle!

Enjoy the video!

RIMMEL of London Products used:
Glam’eyes HD 004 Green Park or try 007 in Heart of Gold
Exaggerate waterproof eye definer in Emerald Sparkle
Volume Flash Scandal Eyes mascara
Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Creamy Beige
NEW Match Perfection blush in light/medium
Lips: Kate 15 for a PINK inspired nude shiny lip, use Kate 10 for a Taylor Swift red lip

Get RIMMEL at any Walmart or Walgreens and it’s always under $10!

Remember: you are beautiful!
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Back to School hair repair with Snooth’n’Shine Revivoil Quench & Repair Potion
Say Goodbye to Dark Spots

Have unwanted brown spots? Get the tips you need to get rid of them for good

Say Goodbye to Dark Spots

This is a skin problems article

No matter how religiously we slather on our sunscreen, come fall we always find a fresh batch of freckles and sunspots. But before you vow to never step foot outside again, see what dermatologist Deborah Jaliman tells us is the real reason for our hyperpigmentation. With her expert tips, you’ll finally learn how to treat and prevent dark spots.

Get even skin

Hi gorgeous!
It is still hot here in Arizona-but here is a simple and affordable answer to dry summer hair that has been in too much sun, too much chlorine and I hope-has been spared a round of Sun In.

The Smooth n Shine Revivoil leave in potion is amazing for helping hair get back to normal, fast!

I put mine on in the shower after I have towel dried my hair because the tube is kind of messy!

If you want to go a step further, put a plastic baggy over your hair and then heat it up with a hair dryer for a deeper penetration.

Find this affordable line of hair care at your local Walmart and Target!