Motives by Lauren Ridinger

I hadn’t heard of the Motives brand until a friend who is a shop.com consultant informed me she sold the line on her site. She had heard good reviews and I had found some good ones after Googling it. I needed a restock of basics so that is what I started with. I bought a base shadow, a primer and a concealer. I will definitely be buying more! Here are the products:

Motives Pressed Eye Shadow in Vanilla $12.50.  I was looking for a base with a slight shimmer. The site didn’t have a description of color so I chose a shade close to what I needed. This is a matte shadow but an excellent base shadow.  Very fine, build-able and great to blend with.

Motives Eye Base $14.00. This is a great primer to wear alone to even out skin tone and also a great base for blending. It is a soft formula so during a heat wave, it still slightly creases. The formula is very silky and a little goes a long way. I have it pictured with a quarter to show that the opening is very small for a pot. I had longer nails when I first tried it and it was very hard to apply with my fingers. I advise using a makeup sponge. This stuff will last a while!

Motives Liquid Correction Concealer $17.00. I think I will stock up on this stuff. Like the primer, a little goes a very long way. It’s a light formula but has amazing coverage. I have it unscrewed in the picture because the wand doesn’t have a rubber grabber inside. Without it, the formula tends to glob up and goop out after being screwed back on. So I unscrew it a little as pictured and just dab my finger to the wand or screw ridges. It’s really all you need for under eyes and it controls the amount you use.

Thank you Jen for introducing me to such a great line! Check out these products and more from the Motives line at Jen’s Shop.com website:

http://www.shop.com/zenjen/nbts/Market+America-v243380-c+.xhtml

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Now Stay Like That

At a recent wedding, I had this conversation:

Me: Is my makeup creasing?
My Husband: I don’t know what that means. Nick, what does “creasing” mean?
Nick: Kapeeshing?!
Me: No creasing.
Nick: I don’t know what that means.

When I finally found an answer, it was no. Melting makeup was definitely a concern when you’re at a wedding all day and most likely into the night. I applied my makeup at 8am and didn’t get home until midnight. 16 hours and no creasing! Or Kapeeshing!

The MAC Fix spray is worth every penny. And it’s only $10!
http://www.maccosmetics.com

Don’t Leave Home Without Them! by Emily Boyd

We’re all tempted to carry our entire bathroom closet with us at all times, thus the need for our massive pocketbooks/purses/satchels.  But truly, you can do wonders for any unexpected occasion with three basic essentials in your bag at all times:

1. Concealer,  2. Blush,  3. Mascara.

Concealer is my best friend.  Indeed great to hide our dark circles under our eyes.  Brighten your eyes with a little highlight under your brow bone.  A sleek touch of concealer down the bridge of your nose gives you a more defined feature.  Remember to keep your face well moisturized – too much concealor will just find any tiny creases as the day wears on.

Don’t forget that concealer is not just for your face… if you’re like me, there’s usually a black-and-blue somewhere on my legs.  Touch up any spot!

Blush will give you a healthy glow, and during the day a little wisp of blush gives you that edge to face the rest of the day. A hint on your forehead, down your nose, then cheeks from the apple area right out to your hairline.   I’ve been known to add a little to the fullest part of my lips as well…. gives you a healthy, natural pout if you don’t want a gleaming lipstick look.  Just be sure to get the right shade for you.  Remember a little wisp on your decolletage and shoulders.  This keeps your all-over color consistent and less “made-up”.

Then last, but not least, Mascara.  Eyes will always look brighter and more awake with a little mascara.  Use enough to lengthen and add volume – pump it up with an extra layer for evening.  Be sure to get all your lashes – inner eye right out to the sweep of the longer, outer lashes.  Don’t overload the brush with product, however, thus you will not get clumps.   Resist using on your entire lower lashes; just a touch to the outer bottom.  Either use a lash curler or try the newer products that add a curl to your lashes for a more awake look.  Finally, remember to change your mascara frequently.  This is the biggest culprit of bacteria, so even if there’s product left in the tube, replace your mascara after about 3 months, if not before.

OK – yes you can fit a few more things in that bag, I’m sure!  But these three basics are your key to a beautiful you – anytime!

Look your best!    Feel your best!    Be your best!

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