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HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!!! May your 2013 be adventurous and fulfilling as 2012!!! See ya back soon!


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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

First of all, Merry Christmas for those who celebrate and for those who just love the spirit of it!
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

As someone who has gone from light to dark and back to light colored hair in less than two months, I find and admit I abuse my hair.  Shame on me for being inconsiderate and mean towards my hair.  I don't know what it is,  maybe it had to do with growing up in a neighborhood dominated by blondes.  Or the fact that changing haircolor was as easy as mixing a solution of peroxide and pigments. Whatever the reason, my hair needs a lot of TLC and what better way to give with Ecru New York Acacia Protein Masque ($25USD).
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Taken from the naked files of Urban Decay comes another naked palette called Naked Basics ($27USD).  A palette that houses six basic matte neutrals that create that perfect nude to natural to neutral eye look.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

I like jeans and admit that my first pair of Levi's Shrink-to-Fit 501 jeans give me major memories of love and grief.  Love because they just washed down to a nice thin ringspun denim of soft fabric and custom fit.  Grief because the journey of getting there took many washings and not to mention a drastic bit of sitting in the tub and dying it and oneself blue!
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

I have stopped buying makeup brushes for the time being because I figured with every money I spend on some set that has that new specially designed brush, I could be saving the $$$ on a set that actually retains its quality and integrity.  I am talking about synthetic brushes!
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Sometimes, a lipstick, lipgloss, or lipbalm just won't do.  Yet, the lips should not go naked.  What is the next best thing to bring color to those lips besides biting them?  A lip tint.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

If you thought Anastasia was just all about neutral eyeshadows and brows, well think again.  Not only is Anastasia a brow and cosmetic guru, she is now a hair guru!  Lauching exclusively at ULTA stores on Dec. 26th, 2012 (perfect timing for the New Year's Eve soirĂ©es) and sold there exclusively for the first few months are the fun and funky Hypercolor Hair Powders!

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

I read many blogs and I can see many that have torpedoed their way to stardom and there are those that have their little niche in the world and have a comfy corner to sit in.  Then there are those who are just starting and have a special place on my blogging list.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

This post is off my usual makeup posts.  I figured you should take a peek at how I spend my time off the net.  I am baking!

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

I like to play with cream products because they just take me into some other makeup realm.  I don't know what it is, maybe it is the thrill of mixing colors to see what and how it will turn out.  To feel the texture change when mixed and applied onto skin, or how it will look on the skin.  Just something that I can't really explain but just love to explore.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

I get weird cravings for makeup.  During the spring/summer months I want bright shimmery/metallic colors.  I guess I just want to look as pretty as the hummingbirds flying around.  During the fall winter, I crave for neutrals and I craved for a taupe.  I decided upon Illamasqua Heroine (£15.50 - $20USD), a nice neutral taupe.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

When it comes to skincare, I like products that are made with ingredients which I am familiar with like aloe, shea butter, olive oil.  I don't want stuff like fish scales, and nail clippings and some weird exotic peat moss.  My skin needs simple and effective ingredients and that is why this all-over cream has captured my attention.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*
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Many of you subscribe to those monthly subscription boxes and maybe many of you aren't happy with the products you received because they aren't exactly catered to your tastes.  Or you just aren't happy with the minimal amount of makeup products received.  Well, if you are more of a makeup lover than anything else, here is a great monthly subscription box that will not disappoint.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

When I was a little girl I always watched magic shows and was fascinated not by the magic, but the magic wand--a stick.  A stick working magic with that slight flick of the hand, cutting the air as if their were something invisible to be seen.  Well, I eventually got my magic wand which turned out to be just a fancy stick.  I still wanted a wand that had some magic and maybe this is just the product.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

I wish I had the actual picture of me and this product.  I don't and my excuse is simple, I was born before digital photography and picture taking meant waiting for pictures to develop which could have taken up to a week or more.  (Yes, I was born before the 1-hour photo machines. Fotomat stands were the place to go to get film developed back then!)  So, I regret not having my own photos of this product nor having the actual product anymore.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

I have don't have major ethics when it comes to a cosmetic line.  I know some of you do and I have nothing against that.  However, when there is a line that can carry ethics without compromising the fun of makeup, then it captures my attention.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

I know some of you are true neutral eyeshadow lovers and never stray from them.  Yet, what happens when you want bright colors just to add that blink of color? And, what happens if you want one that is truly a smooth formula that works on all ages and skin types, do you go to every cosmetic counter and test everyone? No, just get a palette of brights!
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Recently, Make Up For Ever revamped one of my holy grail products, the eyebrow gel in the squeeze tube by adding the name Aqua Brow to go with the already expanding product line of "Aqua" products.  With the Sephora VIB gift card and the fact I was running low on this product after several years, I decided to buy the renamed version.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

I love to see a cosmetic line that believes in what they are doing and not being steered into the road of unreachable beauty.  After all true beauty is what we all have and that is not created by some image but a force that gives of strength in our lives.  One company does this through a tribute.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Ever since I could remember, I have been fascinated with movies that show that dusty leather-bound journal with handwritten notes and pictures.  I have always wanted to own one for my pleasure.  Now, though with a computer I have the world wide web with me but I realize it isn't the same.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Silky smooth, wearable, and high quality is what you can expect from Manna Kadar's Plum Crazy eyeshadow palette. Retailing for $45 and housed in a sturdy mirrored compact, this palette contains five very wearable colors for many skin tones.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Before mineral makeup ever became the rage, I often used loose face powder only to provide some color on my face.  I was really never good at applying liquid or for that matter cream foundations early in the morning.  Sure, I learned how to apply liquids and creams for special occasions and such for my adult life.  But, old habits die hard and I still like applying fluffy bits of pigment on my face and this time Youngblood Cosmetics ends up on my wishlist.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

If you are one who likes surprises and likes makeup more than skin care products then Starlooks could be for you.  Starlooks not only offers their own line of cosmetics, they also offer a monthly subscription Starbox for a low monthly fee of $15 plus $1.98 shipping.  (For international customers, it will be higher.)  Each month a box will contain 3-4 FULL SIZE makeup products for you to enjoy.  I recently started subscribing to this and this is what I got.  Is it worth it?

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Ever since LondonMakeUp Girl posted a few bits and bobs about Kjaer Weis cosmetics.  The simplicity in its sleek packaging and product line captured the very essence of what 21st century cosmetics represents.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Makeup can bring major expectations that can lead to major disappointments especially when they don't perform some type of magic they claim to do.  With this in mind, I really have to see to believe what a product can really do.  This was the case with Nanoblur.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

I recently did a post on the Physicians Formula Liquid Metal Eyeliner Trio in nude.  I only did swatches and didn't have a time to show how it would look on the eyes.  This post shows the result.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

The holidays can make one's head spin from just making decisions and keeping within a budget.  Here are two sites that can help in those decisions for the makeup addict.  Prestige Cosmetics and LWT Custom Cosmetics.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Nail art is one that I cannot do (anymore) due to the lack of patience.  But I have always liked stamping! And, I am pretty sure I can do that on my nails or at least have the patience to try.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Simplicity in makeup is the key to a quick and easy look.  But where do you find the colors or the set that will make you look polished and put together easily?  Never fear because this set really does come together.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Makeup artistry is a trade that fascinates me especially the SFX or special effects area.  Becoming one of those artist not only takes great talent; it also takes patience and major attention to detail.  Those alone can make a great artist but to be admired by one's own peers is an accomplishment well beyond the usual bits of artistry and latex. The admiration usually results from the harmonious effect of the artist, actor, character, and makeup.  This is the zen moment in SFX artistry and an artist who has this gift is Kazuhiro Tsuji.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

There is a concealer that really has been praised by pros and non-pros.  Praised because it is vegan and is highly concentrated.  This concealer can also be used as a foundation or mixed with a foundation.  It comes in a variety of tones to suit and adjust to every skin tone.  Yes, I put it on my wishlist.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Maybe, you have someone on your list who is into natural products but you don't have a clue what to give that person.  Well, don't fret because Soap Hope can help you avoid the holiday frenzy while your purchases help empower women.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Sometimes, simplicity is the prettiest of all things.  Take nail polish.  A bottle of color painted on one of the smallest parts of the body, yet it captures attention.  And in today's world, a simple color like a soft feminine neutral will capture many especially when it is a luxurious one.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

I know many of you are taupe addicts.  I am one also.  The taupes I am addicted to are the matte or satin matte textures.  I am always looking for that taupe that can work on my mature skin without making me look washed out and dead.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Edited:  As someone who is new to this rafflecopter widget, I have added a mandatory entry of commenting so I know who entered.  For those who have already entered could you leave a comment below.  Also I have extended the giveaway a couple of hours.  It will end on Dec 9, 12am PST.  Yes, blame me for the slight mix up or confusion.  By the way, if you are having problems with the widget please let me know immediately.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Welcome to the Beauty Blog Advent Calendar 2012.  Sparklecrack Central, Sirvinya, and I are all participating this year.  Each day we will post little goodies to pique your interest.
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