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New Favorite Beauty Tools - Ardell Brow Grooming

I had to share one of my new favorite beauty tools...the Ardell Grooming Tools!!  These are AWESOME to have on hand in your cosmetics bag or your makeup kit (if you're a makeup artist)!  I found mine next to the Ardell False Lashes at CVS Pharmacy, so they are SUPER easy to find AND very inexpensive!  I paid $4.99 for mine...but I just checked out the CVS Pharmacy website and they're even on SALE now!!! WHAT??  
These are like super mini disposable razors for wherever you might need a little facial hair maintenance...heehee!  I like to use mine for the little fuzzies that grow above (and between) my brows that are hard to see and tweeze.  I don't like to have my brows waxed and usually maintain my brows with just tweezers, so these tools help get those little fuzzy guys that drive me nuts!!  It is just what I needed to get that perfectly defined brow!

Now...this tool is VERY safe - it's not as sharp as a typical razor would be.  That's a good thing!  But, that means that it's not going to take the place of your tweezers. This tool will not remove the thicker more coarse brows (like the one's under my arch that I tweeze allllll the time). 
So don't throw out your tweezers!!! BUT...I love this tool for quick little fuzzy touch ups around the brow (and even lip) area as needed!!  Makeup artists...keep these in your kit for quick fixes on the job!!  Happy Brow Shaping all!! 


FREE SHIPPING on your Makeup and Beauty Buys

Did you know that you can find FREE Shipping for your makeup, skincare, and all your other beauty must-haves?!?!  Thought it would be fun to see where and when the FREE SHIPPING on all your cosmetics goodies kicks in!!  So....I've compiled a list!!  My plan will be to update this for you on a regular basis as it changes, etc... Here's what I've got to get you started!!  Hope it's helpful! And as always - if you have a beauty bargain secret I don't know about - PLEASE pass along here!! :)
  • Smashbox -FREE Shipping on any US order!!! "Free Shipping on every order every time!" Whoa...
  • Von Maur - FREE SHIPPING ALWAYS! "Von Maur offers FREE FedEx Home Delivery shipping anywhere in the United States. No matter how much you spend or where you send it, shipping is on us" WOW!!
  • e.l.f. (Eyes Lips Face) - FREE Shipping with any $25 order + Choose 10 FREE products of choice. HURRY this one ends 4/18/11
  • Tarte Cosmetics - FREE SHIPPING on orders of $40 & up!
A $50 Purchase seems to be the magical cut-off for FREE Shipping. Click here or on the link below to see the list of those places where you can find FREE Shipping with your $50 cosmetics or beauty purchase...and a convenient link to get to them!
I'll do my best to keep you posted on updates, shipping discounts and all around BEAUTY BARGAINS as I find them!! GOOD LUCK!!   :)

xoxo, Jessica

Where Else You Can Find Me :)

So now you can find me in a few different places!! 

Here's a list of the links to all the other social media sites and forums where you might find my work, blogging or other bits of what's going on for Polished and Pretty!!  :) 
Find me...follow and leave me feedback!!  Thanks for supporting!
:) xoxo, Jessica

New Pics of My Work - Brittany's Shoot

I'm excited to share some new pictures of my work from Brittany's Fashion Shoot!!  YAY!  Thanks to Ann at Ann Steward Photography for some amazing shots!! :)  I LOVE HER!!!  Brilliant photographer and just plain fun to be around!!! WIN WIN!! More coming soooooon!! :) 

In these shots, I used a combination of loose eyeshadow pigments from NYX and favorite Estee Lauder eyeshadows!  Normally...the last color for eyes that I go for is GREEN!  But as soon as I took another look at Brittany's eyes, I knew we had to go green with her eye makeup!!  I think it turned out great!! :) 
We started the shoot with a softer nude lip and finished with a little (only a little) extra something on the lips...hot pink gloss over the nude lip we started with!!  Brittany and Ann were so fun to work with!! 
Visit Ann Steward Photography at http://www.annstewardphotgraphy.com
or like her on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/AnnStewardStudios :)

Red Lips!! How to pull off this trendy makeup look! (video attached)

Hi all!!

I've uploaded my newest YouTube video tutorial tonight! This one is super fun with a couple of REALLY handy and necessary tricks to applying a Red LIP flawlessly! :)  Red lips and FUN BOLD LIPS are trendy TRENDY right now, but be sure to use these tips so that your lips look as polished as possible!

Products used in this video:
  • Lip Conditioner or Lip Balm
  • Double Wear Concealer in Medium
  • Estee Lauder Apple Cordial Lip Liner,
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Lipstick in Stay Raspberry
  • Lip Brush
  • Flat angle Brush
Let me know what other trends or makeup looks you'd like to see me do or talk about!!!
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