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Posted by on Nov 29, 2009 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Expert Corner: Help, I’m a Redhead!

Mare is blessed as a natural red head, but feels she has always been on her own for ways to enhance her look.  Her mom, a brunette, didn’t share the same coloring and wasn’t sure how to guide her.  She wants to update her makeup but doesn’t know where to start.

Her second bit of motivation is her redheaded daughter.  Nearing her teen years, a time when girls begin exploring the world of cosmetics, Mare worries that she might repeat history and won’t be able to guide her to the right color choices and applications.  She very much wants to share some girlie time with her teen.  Help is on the way!

There are redheads under those hats!

There are redheads under those hats!

honeyglaze_bobbibrownAfter viewing photos of her with and without makeup, first impressions made me think of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.  This is a professional, quality makeup line that is full of natural tones with rich, but not wild, pops of color. It can be dressy and relaxed at the same time. There are so many variations of metals and colors that would work beautifully on a redhead!  This line is also known for having excellent foundations and award winning concealers.   The bonus is that it is available online as well as many store locations.

Mare currently buys from a line that markets to redheads only and asked if I had heard of them.  I had not.  Honestly, I don’t believe one has to be a redhead in order to provide/recommend makeup to a redhead.  You do have to have an eye for color, and know what shades are flattering to your skin.  Once you figure out what works for you, you’ve got freedom to explore and have fun.

I went directly to Bobbi Brown and asked what guidelines they would offer Mare.  Here is what Manager of Artistry at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Kimberly Soane, recommended:

  • When it comes to picking a flattering shade for brows, stick with warm soft brown tones like taupe, which will keep your brows soft but defined.
  • Don’t be afraid of trying pink shades for cheeks and lip colors – they look beautiful on red heads!
  • If you have fair lashes, stick with black mascara which will really help to open up your eyes.
  • Cool-toned eye shadows will work best for those with red-head and pale coloring.  Pink shades will make your eyelids look more tired, so try a soft grey or cement tone.
  • A dark brown eyeliner is a great way to make your eyes pop; make sure to keep liner tight to the lash line, leaving no space between lashes and the liner, for the best results.

There are a multitude of items that fall in the range, and these are a few I suggest: Honeyglaze palette (above), Earth Metal Lip & Eye palette, Creamy Eye Pencil.  Bobbi Brown also makes a great potted eyeliner.



This is just the tip for where to begin.    Because she lives within the hour of a Bobbi Brown location, I’m hoping we’ll have a chance to have a makeover encounter one of these days.

Let us know how these guidelines work for you.

Thank you to Kimberly Soane!

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Posted by on Nov 27, 2009 in Uncategorized | 9 comments

Black Friday/Monday Discounts

Clarisonic Pairs will be 40% of November 30

Clarisonic Pairs will be 40% of November 30

Here are a few great discounts available.  Happy Shopping!

  • Ann Taylor: 40% off your entire purchase if you shop in store before Noon. Available at all Ann Taylor stores nationwide.
  • benefit: Free US shipping with orders of $25 or more.  11/27-11/30
    • Code: SHIP2009
    • Free International Shipping with orders of $100 or more  11/27-11/30
      Code: CYBRINTL
  • bobbi brown: 20% off online purchases Starts 11/30
  • Bumble and bumble: Free overnight shipping + 6 free samples on purchases $40 and up 11/27 only
    • Code: BBGIFTS
  • Clarisonic: 11/30 What is better than one? Two for One. 40% Off Pairs Set (2), choose from two Classic, two Plus, two Mias, or one Plus & one Mia
    • Code: PAIRS
  • e.l.f. : 70% off all mineral makeup
    • Code: EHCMM
  • Kate Somerville:  30% off your entire purchase 11/27 to 11/30
    • Code: KATE2009
  • Kiehls_logo Kiehl’s: 20% off entire purchase + free shipping to 11/30
    • Code: TRYKIEHLS
  • Lancome USA: 20% off your entire purchase + free shipping.
    • Code: HOLIDAYJOY2. 11/24 to 11/30
  • Nordstrom: Private Beauty Event. Click this link. In addition, spend over $100 and get free shipping.
  • Macy’s: Free shipping w/ $75 +purchase 11/30
    • Code: CYBER
  • MAC cosmetics: Free shipping until 12/13
  • Nine West: Doorbuster 30-50% off shoes, boots, accessories
  • Origins: $10 off $25 order.  11/30
    • TenOff09
  • Shu Uemera: 20% off with purchase of $125 + free shipping & 7 deluxe samples
    • Code: WISHDELUXE09
  • Smashbox
    20% discount at smashbox website ending 12/1

    • Code: SBFF9
  • Zoya:  Zoya Tangy – Zoya Envy – Zoya Midori – Zoya Irene- Zoya Suvi – Zoya Veruschka all 6 for FREE on Zoya Green Friday Only with min purchase of $20
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Posted by on Nov 25, 2009 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Black Friday 11/27: Shop Via Auction If You’re Nuts for Mutts!

This Friday, please visit a unique online auction to benefit your shopping list as well as New Leash On Life.


This auction is being held to raise funds necessary to keep the Ranch – a 13-acre facility – open through the end of January.  They have been hit hard by the economic changes.  A total of $20,000 must be raised while a new business plan is implemented to keep the Ranch open permanently.

Items are getting cataloged for the auction Friday, but please check to make a note of what you’d like to bid on!

Are you a company that would like to donate items or monetary gift? Please email me at solessencenews AT gmail DOT com.

I would like to thank the following for generous donations you can bid on:


Clarisonic – Donating one of their amazing sonic skin cleansing machines ($200usd retail value).  We’ve had a giveaway of their BCA model and I am currently using one. It. Is. Amazing.  Here is your chance to pick one up and help this organization at the same time.

Talika – Thank you Talika for a generous donation of:

  • (12) Line Solutions ($37usd retail value each)
    • The original pen application!  Fills in fine lines & wrinkles instantly without caking for a dramatic, instant fill.  You’ve probably seen this product on HSN.


  • (12) Gentle Eye Cleansers ($24usd retail value each)
    • This eye cleanser receives raves for gentleness of product making it suitable for contact wearers while rosewater extracts act as an astringent to tighten delicate eye area tissue

I’ll be posting more on Friday along with links to the live auction.  Bid early! Bid often!

Since its inception, New Leash on Life –

  • has rescued and found homes for over 5000 dogs,
  • has been instrumental in spaying and neutering thousands of animals,
  • has provided free educational seminars at local shelters,
  • led search and rescue efforts in Mississippi and Louisiana after Rita and Katrina hit saving hundreds of abandoned animals, and
  • developed the Lend a Paw program for rescuing shelter dogs and training them to become therapy dogs for children and adults in need.
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