Kylie Jenner Big Lips with Maybelline Drugstore Liner

Want bigger lips without the cost, bruising and pain of injections?

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Since Kylie Jenner debuted larger lips, it seems like EVERYONE does!  We associate full lips with an accentuated border with beauty and youth.  In fact, tribal peoples worldwide have introduced various materials into and through the upper and lower lips of both genders to enhance beauty.  An African tribal chief explained:  “What kind of person would she be without Pelele (lip plate)? She would not be a woman at all.”  Bro is right; we don’t call em’ DSLs for nothin’.


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As soon as I saw Kylie’s larger lips, I knew exactly what she had done.  And it wasn’t lip injections!  I immediately set out to defend Kylie’s honor by waging war with her haters.  My Facebook thugging didn’t seem to be getting me anywhere, so I did a short tutorial with an affordable $5 drugstore lip liner to prove anyone can have lusciously large lips.

Please note:  I’ll tell you exactly how I’ve altered my appearance, and admit that in 2012 I went the tribal route by injecting Juvederm Ultra into my lips.  15% of Juvederm Ultra likes to stick around permanently; consequently, my lips are permanently larger than my natural God-given lips.


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Sexy, right?!  The pain, cost and downtime associated with injections is not for everyone.  I bruised terribly, had to concoct a story about my dog hitting me in the face with his bully bone, then ran around a sales conference looking like I shared an elevator with Ray Rice.  It took 2 weeks to recover.  So… If you don’t want to run around looking like a domestic abuse victim, skip the injections and watch my video.


For those of you who don’t want to sit through one of my terribly edited videos, here are written directions:

To create the illusion of hugelips, the trick is to line outside your lips with a lip liner 2-3 shades darker than your natural lip color.

Simply line the OUTSIDE of your lips and fill.

I used Maybelline New York ColorSensational Lip Liner in Nude or Rose.

This liner won’t smudge, smear, feather or bleed.  Best of all?  Nude goes with any lip color!

No lipstick. No lipgloss. Just liner.



20% Off Sephora’s Holiday Event: Shopping Guide

 WARNING: Keeps Crashing

Today through November 10th, Sephora VIB and VIB Rouge Members get 20% off in-store and online with code GIFTROUGE or GIFTVIB.  If you don’t have VIB status, a VIB friend can let you use her 20% friend in-store pass.  If you can’t make it to Sephora in-person, ask a friend to use her online account, which includes free shipping.

Take this opportunity to load up on staples you know you will purchase in the next 6 months (foundation, eyeliner, powder), the pricier items you’ve been eyeing that never go on-sale anywhere else (Clarisonic, fragrance, hair styling tools) and limited edition holiday gift sets.

Shop top beauty gifts for her under $25.

Last night my mom and I attended the pre-sale party, where we dined on cupcakes, loaded up on free samples and purchased a lot of make up.

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My Purchases
MAKE UP FOR EVER Studio Case / Studio Case
MAKE UP FOR EVER 242 Large Blender Brush / 242 Large Blender Brush
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Caramel
Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick / Luminous Crème Lipstick Vouvray
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Sephora All A Glow Face Palette (concealer, blush and highlighter set for contouring)
Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation 20 SPF
Sephora PRO Flawless Powder Brush #40
Sephora Perfecting Concealer Brush #20
SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45 / Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45
Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette
Narsissist Cheek Kit
Laura Mercier Baby Lips
Laura Mercier Natural Lips Lip Pencil
Fresh Sugar Lip Legends / Sugar Lip Legends
Sephora Favorites Draw The Line / Draw The Line
Sephora Favorites Cologne Sampler / Cologne Sampler

Stand Outs
SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45 / Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45
My favorite NEW find!  With its 5 star rating and 7,000+ loves on, it looks like I’m not alone.  My mom even purchased one!  It’s super soft bristles flawlessly apply, buff and blur your liquid, cream or powder foundation.  I own the Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush and think this Sephora brush is superior in every way!  Click “Shop Now” below for the direct link.



Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation 20 SPF
I’m usually loyal to Make Up For Ever and Urban Decay Naked; however, I think this is my new go-to foundation.

It’s a creamy foundation with SPF protection that works like a concealer to correct imperfections, smooth the skin’s texture, and even out the complexion.  With the expertise and speed of a digital retoucher, Photo’Perfexion conceals dark shadows and sallow complexions.  It goes on smooth and velvety and delivers a flawless finish minus the heavy, cakey feeling.  I used it in-store with the SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Multitasker Powder Brush.


Buyer’s Remorse
MAKE UP FOR EVER Studio Case / Studio Case
Sephora All A Glow Face Palette (concealer, blush and highlighter set for contouring)
*Both of these products were lackluster and the same looks can be attained with products you probably already own.

WARNING: Keeps Crashing

I was on last night starting at 8 PM – this morning around 11 AM, trying to score the 1 thing I had my eye on that isn’t available in stores:  simplehuman Sensor Mirror – Sensor-Activated Lighted Makeup Mirror.  Unfortunately, has been down due to the high volume of traffic and I missed out!  I’m always running late and it’s usually dark by time I get my face together… so I was looking forward to this cordless mirror that promises to illuminate your face with natural light and “adapts to your behavior … It becomes more sensitive during use, so it won’t turn off unexpectedly.”  I even called Sephora, pled my case and begged them to look around for one of these babies… they laughed at me.  It’s available on Amazon for less than the $200 retail, so I may try to sneak that one past Josh and write a review.


Holiday Shopping List
Sephora has a ton of inexpensive, high-quality gift sets.  If someone has a signature look – black eyeliner, red lips, celebrity-inspired contouring- purchase a gift set you know they will use while encouraging them to step out of their comfort zone.  For example, my MIL always wears black eyeliner and red lips.  Finding the perfect red lip is quite the feat, so I purchased her Sephora Favorites Draw The Line Gift Set, so she can experiment with several different types of black eyeliner. Fragrances never go on sale, so I stocked up on Sephora Favorites Cologne Samplers for the men in my life.

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The Sephora Favorites Cologne Sampler features 12 samples in a faux-leather toiletry case and a voucher for 1 full size bottle of cologne.  There is also a perfume version for ladies.

Happy Shopping!

Skincare Ingredients for Perfect Skin & My Skincare Routine

What face wash/cleanser/moisturizer do you use daily that works well with this (Glycolix Elite Treatment Pads)? Your skin looks awesome, so I have to ask!! :) -Taylor


Thank you for the compliment, Taylor! It took a lot of trial-and-error for me to figure out what worked for me.  As a former tanning addict, I suffered from hyper-pigmentation (dark spots).  As a lifelong picker, I am constantly battling red marks and scars.  And as a 30-something, I am panicked about fine lines.

When developing a skincare regimen, regardless of the time of year, look for products that contain the following ingredients:

Retinol, Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C and Hydroquinone

If you’re acne-prone, consider adding Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid to your regimen.

After trying entire multi-step regimens- Glytone, Obagi, Clarins, Murad, Clinique, and a slew of others- I’ve settled on the following combination of products (I also wear SPF and drink a lot of water):



  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser  with Clarisonic.  You can score a Clarisonic for 20% during Sephora’s 5 Days of 20% Savings for VIB Rouge and VIB (November 6-10)!

  • Glycolix Elite Treatment Pads
  • Obagi Nu-Derm #3 Clear Skin Bleaching and Correcting Cream (Hydroquinone lightens freckles, age spots, melasma and sun damage)
  • Obagi Nu-Derm #4 Exfoderm Skin Smoothing Exfoliation Lotion
  • Eye cream – love Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream
  • Facial oil works well for hydrating the eye area as well. Often, I will use oil, let it to absorb, then apply cream.
  • SPF or a primer with SPF – Laura Mercier Foundation Primer with 30 SPF is a great choice and can be purchased at Sephora.





The event runs November 6-10th.  I am attending the First Access VIB Rouge Holiday Party tonight.  Tomorrow, I will post of list to things to stock up on during the event!

Check Out Kate Spade’s Flash Sale for Quality Bags Under $150!


Drugstore Beauty Products Every Woman Needs In Her Arsenal

Drugstore Beauty Products I Can’t – and You Shouldn’t- Live Without 

I’m a brainwashed beauty junkie who believes there is usually a positive correlation between price and quality. However, there are a handful of drugstore products that I actually PREFER to their luxury brand counterparts.  No matter what Benefit, Make Up Forever, Dior, Armani, MAC, Urban Decay or Hourglass throw at me, I keep coming back to these budget-friendly drugstore versions.

For you Amazon Prime subscribers, click the text links to purchase the product on Amazon, while photos link to, where shipping is free on all purchases $35 and over.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lacquer 24 Hour Eyeliner

This is my absolute favorite eyeliner. It blows away Smashbox, Hourglass, Urban Decay and Make Up For Ever. Highly pigmented, smudge proof and easy to apply, this gel liner is the better than any liquid or pencil liner I’ve tried. As a bonus, it wears well in the waterline!

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Waterproof Mascara in Carbon Black

Mascara has the shortest lifespan of all cosmetics, needing to be replaced about every 3-4 months, so splurging on it is usually a waste. While not all drugstore mascaras are created equal, I’ve found L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Waterproof Mascara in Carbon Black is as good, if not better than its designer counterparts. Although I’ve enjoyed torrid affairs with Benefit They’re Real, Make Up Forever’s Smoky Extravagant Mascara, and Diorshow, I always return home to the non-flaking L’Oreal’s Voluminous in Carbon Black.

Maybelline New York Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil

Eyebrows have the power to transform your face.  This is the perfect brow pencil for soft, subtle, long-wearing definition in an instant. It’s comparable to Anastasia Brow Wiz, Caramel, 1 ea, for 1/4th the price.  A lot of women use eyebrow pencils in entirely the wrong shade — namely too dark. Go with a color that’s a shade or two lighter than the color of your hair.








Maybelline New York ColorSensational Lip Liner in Nude 20

Want bigger lips without the cost and pain of injections?  Line outside your lips, then gently fill in the rest of the lip.  I wore this for my bridal shower and had several people ask me where I had my lips done.  Also, notice Kylie Jenner’s larger lips as of late?  She’s lining the OUTSIDE of her lip line with a nude or slightly darker than nude pencil, creating the illusion of larger lips. This liner won’t smudge, smear, feather or bleed.  Best of all?  Nude goes with any lip color!

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream

The skin around the eyes is ten times thinner than the skin on the face and ages 36% faster.  Burt’s Intense Hydration Eye Cream helps slow the aging process by plumping skin and visibly reducing lines, bags and dark circles.

Whatever your concern- fine lines, dark circles, bags, puffiness- no cream will work magic. Hocus Pocus only comes in the way of lasers, fillers and/or surgery. Retinol products help eliminate fine lines by changing the skin on the cellular level, but can also dry out the area; accordingly, this cream works well in conjunction with retin-a.

I have a mild obsession with vaporizing fine lines that pop up around my eye area (I went as far as to have my under eyes CO2 lasered). I can tell you from personal experience: Burt has your back – errr – eyes.  This is a drugstore MUST HAVE!

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Dry, Sensitive Skin

Skip overpriced lotions and quench your body and face with Cetaphil. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream contains a superior system of extra-strength emollients and humectants clinically proven to bind water to the skin and prevent moisture loss. The result is long-lasting relief for even severely dry skin. The non-greasy formula is excellent for hands, feet, elbows, knees, and even your FACE! Mix with retina-a to reduce irritation.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Although I splurge on several Obagi products, I always use Cetaphil cleanser.

With or without water, cleanse, soften, and soothe with this fragrance and soap-free facial cleanser. Perfect even for sensitive skin, this non-alkaline, non-comedogenic formula won’t dry your skin, won’t dull your healthy glow.

Cerave Sa Renewing Skin Lotion

Improves the appearance of skin left challenged by the elements, problematic skin flare-ups, embarrassing chicken skin on the back of your arms (like keratosis pilaris), or even shaving bumps. Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe® SA Renewing Lotion helps restore and repair extremely dry, rough skin. Its patented Multivesicular Emulsion (MVE®) provides controlled release over time with ceramides that moisturize and soften skin. Salicylic acid works to loosen and exfoliate dead skin cells, patented MVE® technology allows a controlled release of nourishing ceramides, hyaluronic acid and antioxidant Vitamin D into the skin to help repair and maintain the barrier. Salicylic acid’s exfoliating action allows these moisturizing ingredients to penetrate the skin more easily, leaving it smooth and touchable.

Compare to KP Duty products that retail for over $122 for a complete kit.