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11.19.2013

COSMETIQUE DEAL OF THE WEEK: Jean-Michelle 5-pc Lipstick Set





'Need holiday makeup AND gift ideas?!  We can help...

This week, we're talking lips. Beautiful, colorful, healthy lips. Our Jean-Michelle 5-Piece Lipstick Set has everything you need to create endless lip looks in style!

From basic to bold, the rich, creamy formula of Jean-Michelle Moisture-Riche Lipstick adds touches of Vitamin A and Apricot Kernel Oil to help preserve the youthful softness of your lips - Each sizzling shade drenches lips with vivacious color, protective moisture, and a radiant luster.

With a color for every look and every occasion, from a morning meet-up to the full-on glamour of a party... It's always the season for beautiful lips.  All lipsticks are full size, and shades included are: Pink Rose, Plum Parfait, Red Flambe, Coral Coquette and Mocha Moderne - A color for every outfit and every occasion!
 
BONUS:  THIS 5-PIECE SET IS ONLY $30.00!!!  YOU SAVE 62%!

Note:  Even though we've proposed this as a gift idea, it is OK if you just want to buy this set for yourself.  It is really, really cool, and we will all understand.  With all the holiday soirees on their way, this may be just what you need to complete that glamorous new party look!

Don't forget: We offer expedited shipping for all you last minute shoppers out there...

XOXO,

Cosmetique

10.25.2013

GREAT SKIN ON A BUDGET: Our New and Improved Rejuvenesse Skincare Set!!!

NOW ONLY $45.00 - YOU SAVE 51%!!!
The details...

This 3-Piece luxury skin care set includes a rich, rejuvenating facial treatment cream, an on-the-spot quick fix targeted serum for fine lines and instant firming, and a hydrating and soothing 10-minute miracle mask. Reveal glowing skin with Rejuvenesse from Jean-Michelle!

Jean-Michelle Rejuvenesse Masque Hydratant is a delicately-scented mask that hydrates and softens parched skin in just 10 minutes!  Use this moisture-boosting cocktail whenever your skin needs a rejuvenating lift, and enjoy the beautiful glow that comes from well-nourished skin.

Jean-Michelle Rejuvenesse Serum Fermete Anti-Rides is a targeted, moisturizing serum that helps to improve cell proliferation and reduce the signs of aging…Hooray!  Not only does this wonder-stuff help minimize the look of fine lines while firming the skin, but it can be used anywhere you need it.  A simple stroke of this “magic” wand helps you see a more youthful-looking complexion.

Filled with moisturizing, rejuvenating oils like Aloe Vera, Avocado and Jojoba, the serum provides instant moisture as it helps improve skin elasticity and cell regeneration.  A powerful blend of retinol and Vitamin C work to erase the signs of aging while Vitamin E, a skin-saving antioxidant, protects skin from the effects of free radicals.  Dimethicone aids in giving skin a silky feel, while it minimizes the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

The bottom line is: this is one awesome serum.  It’s small, travel-friendly and packs a powerful punch.  If you’re looking for a miracle spot treatment, look no further.  Jean-Michelle Rejuvenesse Serum Fermete Anti-Rides is a potent cocktail of vitamins and nutrients your skin will thoroughly enjoy!

One of the best things you can do to preserve your skin for the future, is to start taking care of it NOW! Using high-quality skin care (particularly moisturizers and serums which stay on skin the longest) with effective ingredients is a great way to start!

This brings us to our skin-saving, wonder-creme...

Jean-Michelle Rejuvenesse Crème Beaute Ultra Fermete is a rich, hydrating facial treatment cream that provides instant nourishment to lackluster complexions.  Developed to target rough skin, this highly-moisturizing cream helps to visibly improve skin’s texture.

Packed with antioxidants like White Tea Extract and Vitamin E, this potent anti-aging cocktail helps to protect skin from free radicals as it infuses your complexion with soothing moisture.  Allantoin helps to heal the skin and promote tissue formation while it soothes irritation.  Pro-Vitamin B5 also aids in healing skin and helps to increase cell proliferation.

Infused with silky, moisture-binding ingredients like Glycerin and Dimethicone, this luxurious moisturizer works to give you smooth, well-hydrated skin.

Smooth it onto face and neck morning and night for a more youthful-looking, more radiant complexion.

Don't wait till the anti-aging mole hill (no pun intended:) becomes a mountain to take action.  Start taking care of your skin today, so it will look it's beautiful-best tomorrow... and for years to come.

Be sure to stop back by our beauty blog for more skin-savers, beauty tips, fashion news, celeb gossip and more.  Staying in the loop is easy...

...With a little help from your friends at Cosmetique!

10.08.2013

10 TIPS FOR TAKING GREAT PICS!


'Ever wonder why supermodels and actresses never take a bad photo?  Clearly, being beautiful and in great shape goes a long way towards taking great pictures, but it is equally important that they learn some basic picture taking skills so they can minimize their flaws and maximize “the gorgeous."




Top Ten Tips and Tricks of the Camera Savvy:

1. They pay attention to their posture. Standing up straight with  shoulders back and down makes you look longer and leaner in photographs. Slouching can make you look frumpy and heavier than you really are.

2. They stretch their necks and jut their chins slightly out and down. This is a great trick for getting rid of the dreaded double-chin in photos.

3. They close their eyes and count to 3 before they open them and smile. This super-quick meditation moment allows for a genuine, natural-looking smile for the camera.

4. They rarely face the camera straight-on. Stand with feet pointed slightly sideways (about a 45 degree angle from the camera) and turn shoulders towards the camera. This trick really whittles the waist and elongates the silhouette.

5. They put their hands on their hips. This makes arms look slimmer and shoulders less rounded.

6. They wear solid neutral colors or brighter colors that flatter them.  Patterns should be kept subtle for photos.

7. They wear their makeup a bit more dramatically if they know they'll be in a lot of photos. Blemishes and under-eye circles should be thoroughly covered and eyes and lips should be well defined. A bit more color on the cheeks usually works well in photos especially when a flash is used. Also, stay shine free for pictures by touching up with translucent powder.

8. They have the photographer shoot them from eye-level or above so they are looking at or slightly up at the camera. This makes eyes look larger and double chins disappear. It also eliminates the lovely nostril shot that is always so flattering!

9. They counteract red-eye by looking at bright light immediately before having their photo taken with a flash. This trick shrinks the pupil and minimizes red-eye.

10. They wear shaping undergarments to avoid any unsightly lumps, bumps and bulges.



Do you have any tips for looking great in photos? Share them by posting a comment!













All photos courtesy of Instyle.com




10.03.2013

#FALLFASHION: Hollywood's Haute-est Hair


IMAGE: GLAMOUR.COM

By now, you've probably heard that fall fashion and makeup are all about bold, vibrant color.  Well, now we're talking hair.  Not hairstyle-savvy? Worry not, because we're running down our fave fall 'dos - PLUS, we give you our expert styling instructions so you can keep heads turning all season long!

FLAT-OUT FABULOUS  

Gwyneth Paltrow
Photo Courtesy of Onsugar.com
Jennifer Connelly
Photo Courtesy of Dailymakeover.com

Get the Look: 

To get truly sleek strands a la Gwyneth Paltrow, prep hair with a smoothing conditioner in the shower.  Before blow-drying, be sure to use a frizz serum to minimize fly-aways and add shine to tired tresses.  Once hair is completely dry, finish with a flat-iron for the ultimate super-sleek look.  Remember, flat-irons actually smooth and flatten the hair cuticle as they straighten for high-shine, manageable locks. 

For a more voluminous, low-maintenance look, blow-dry hair straight using a round brush and skip the flat iron.  Finish with a conditioning shine spray.


CHIC CHIGNONS

 Kelly Ripa
Photo Courtesy of Sheknows.com
Zooey Deschanel
Photo Courtesy of celebhairstyle.com
Victoria Beckham
Photo Courtesy of Pophaircuts.com

Get the Look:  

To get this most-sophisticated hairstyle, wash and condition hair with volumizing shampoo and conditioner.  These products will add volume (yep ;)and give the hair a bit more texture for a long-lasting look.  Add volumizing mousse to damp hair before blow-drying upside down.  For the sleekest chignon, flat-iron only face-framing strands and those at the crown of your head.  These will be smoothed over the top for a polished result.  Do not flat-iron the rest of your hair, as this will rob tresses of the volume and texture required to secure this hairstyle.  Tease hair at the crown for added drama before smoothing flat-ironed pieces over the top and gathering hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck.  Use a large-barrel curling iron to add soft waves to hair - this will go a long way towards making the look last.  Using the curl of the hair, loosely wind 1 inch sections and secure near the base of the ponytail using bobby pins.  Be sure to position strands all the way around the base of the ponytail to cover your elastic band and create a rounded shape.  Finish the look with a medium-to-firm hold hairspray. 

Make this look even hotter by adding a jeweled barrette in an unexpected spot... 


MAKING THE BRAID

Blake Lively
Photo Courtesy of Freenewfashiondesign.com
Ashley Greene
Photo Courtesy of Shortlonghairstyles.com

Get the Look: 

For a bohemian-chic style like Blake Lively's, begin by applying a volumizing mousse at the roots and blow-drying upside down for a minute or so (aiming the dryer at roots only).  This will give hair a slightly mussed look and add volume at the roots, where you need it most!  Braid random sections of hair (2-3 1/2 inch sections are all you need) and secure at the ends with an elastic band.  Either leave braids loose or, for a more subtle style, use bobby pins to secure braids behind your ear.  Arrange loose hair over the braids to hide pins.  This way you're left with just a peak of bohemian-chic!

To add interest to an updo, style as usual and then braid (french is best, if you can manage it) right at the hairline.  To keep this style from looking too little-girly, braid one side only.  Gather hair as desired - a low bun or chignon makes this look polished and sophisticated, while a teased ponytail just below the crown is super-fun and very of-the moment! 

For Ashley Greene's low-key look, simply gather hair near the nape of your neck, slightly to one side and loosely braid the hair, securing with an elastic band.  Leave a couple inches of hair loose at the end and pull out a few face-framing strands - That's how all the cool kids are wearing it these days!


COME UNDONE

 Charlize Theron
 Photo Courtesy of Glamour.com
Taylor Swift
Photo Courtesy of Onsugar.com
Kerry Russell
Photo Courtesy of Hairstylezine.com

Get the Look:

To achieve this oh-so-pretty, ultra-feminine updo, begin by applying a texturizing spray to damp hair, from roots to tips.  Blow-dry hair upside down for added volume at the roots.  Separate hair into 1 inch sections and curl with a medium-barrel curling iron, starting 1-3 inches below roots.  After misting hair with a shine-enhancing, light-hold hairspray and letting it dry completely, shake curls out with your fingers.  Now, pull hair into an ultra loose side ponytail near the nape of your neck.  Create a super-loose bun and secure with bobby pins.  Pull a few pieces out for that perfectly imperfect finish.  If desired, you can pull out a few face-framing strands to soften the look.

For added panache, attach a soft flower or ribbon to the side of the bun with bobby pins.

Accent fall's haute-est hues with these super-sexy, easy-to-achieve hairstyles - just like your favorite celebs!  If you're a creature of habit, choose your favorite and perfect it - for a signature style that's all your own.  If you like to change things up, try them all!  Either way, you're sure to be right on trend this season.

XOXO,

Cosmetique

9.24.2013

FIND YOUR PERFECT MASK: Halloween is Just Around the Corner ; )



Facial masks have been used since ancient times to soothe, nourish, and purify the skin.  Depending on the type of mask, they can provide hydration, detoxification, and many other benefits.  No matter which type of mask you choose, they should always be applied to freshly cleansed skin for maximum penetration.  While some masks are appropriate for all types of skin, many work best on a specific skin type.  So how do you know which type of mask to use?  Here’s a list of the best masks for each skin type to take some of the guess work out of choosing the appropriate one for you!


Normal/Combination Skin:
This light yet hydrating mask is infused with Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as Aloe Vera Gel to soothe skin and provide it with comforting hydration, instantly.


Dry Skin:
Filled with Firming Oat and Wheat Proteins, as well as skin-conditioning Jojoba and Almond Oils, this moisturizing mask is a luxurious treat for dry skin.


Oily/Acne Prone:

Kaolin and Bentonite Clays purify and deep clean, drawing out impurities, and sulfur also does wonders in the fight against acne. Zinc and Licorice Extract can help to calm the red, irritated skin that can result from acne and/or harsh acne treatments.  Look for a mask containing some or all of these oil and acne fighters, and get clearer skin - FOR GOOD!


Aging or Dull Skin:


This peel-off gel mask improves skin’s radiance, resilience and texture for firmer, younger-looking skin.


This is an aromatherapeutic mask that features Eucalyptus, Avocado, and Lavender Oils to infuse your skin with deep, soothing moisture, leaving it brighter and more radiant. 

In addition to tremendous benefits to the complexion, facial masks are the perfect excuse for us to take time for ourselves during a busy week - positive in so many ways!  Plus, it's a great pre-Halloween treat!!! You WILL enjoy adding this relaxing, age-old beauty ritual to your weekly routine.  Promise.

XOXO,
Cosmetique

8.26.2013

LIPCOLOR PERFETTA: The Perfect Fall Hue for YOU!


I've said it before and I'll say it again: FALL IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!  As such, I've chosen Sistina Lipcolor Perfetta as my "Pick of the Week."  With its opaque, saturated shades and magnificent, satiny smoothness, there is no better way to bring a little color into your life than with one of our best-loved lipsticks in this season's hottest hues!  To take some of the guesswork out of choosing the perfect color, I've compiled some of my favorites for you (along with a few tips on how to rock 'em right)...  So, here they are, my 5 favorite shades of Sistina Lipcolor Perfetta, sure to spruce up your look with brilliant long-lasting color...





PESCA CORAL - A satiny-smooth, peachy nude which flatters all skin tones.  This shade is the perfect complement to a dramatic smoky eye.













RED GLORIOSO - A brilliant, eye-popping red, this show-stopper requires nothing more than a little concealer and one coat of black mascara.











ROSA PINK - This feminine shade of pink is the ultimate finishing touch to this season's violet, plum and navy eye looks.












MALVA PLUM - A classic, universally-flattering shade, this lipstick needs very little accompaniment.  A tinted moisturizer and soft rose blush complete this romantic look.






 


CASTANO MOCHA - Some things never go out of style, and this complexion enhancing nude lip color is one of them! -  It makes the perfect accompaniment to fall's rich bronze and copper eye makeup. 







Give the fall season a warm welcome with our best-selling Sistina Lipcolor Perfetta.  Its lip-loving formula and of-the-moment shades are sure to bring a smile to your face!  So put some lipstick on for heaven's sake and get ready to TWIST AND POUT...

With a little help from your friends at Cosmetique!

8.14.2013

Our Magic Wand: Jean-Michelle Serum Fermete Anti-Rides


Jean-Michelle Rejuvenesse Serum Fermete Anti-Rides is a targeted, moisturizing serum that helps to improve cell proliferation and reduce the signs of aging…Hooray!  Not only does this wonder serum help minimize the look of fine lines while firming the skin, but it can be used anywhere you need it.  A simple stroke of this “magic” wand helps you see a more youthful-looking complexion.

Filled with moisturizing, rejuvenating oils like Aloe Vera, Avocado and Jojoba, the serum provides instant moisture as it helps improve skin elasticity and cell regeneration.  A powerful blend of retinol and Vitamin C work to erase the signs of aging while Vitamin E, a skin-saving antioxidant, protects skin from the effects of free radicals.  Dimethicone aids in giving skin a silky feel, while it minimizes the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

The bottom line is: this is one awesome serum.  It’s small, travel-friendly and packs a powerful punch.  If you’re looking for a miracle spot treatment, look no further.  Jean-Michelle Rejuvenesse Serum Fermete Anti-Rides is a potent cocktail of vitamins and nutrients your skin will thoroughly enjoy!

Be sure to stop back by our blog for more skin-savers, beauty tips, fashion news, celeb gossip and more.  Staying in the loop is easy...  With a little help from your friends at Cosmetique!