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Every time Sigma announces a new launch I’m giddy with excitement because I know it’s bound to be another hit! This one is particularly exciting because it’s something they haven’t done before: Sigma is launching a brand new line of gel eyeliners called the Standout Eyes Gel Liner Collection.

I just got my hands on these six colors and the two new brushes specifically made for ninja liner application. The colors range from a cool gray to a striking teal, but what I appreciate about these shades is that they’re not so bright and off-the-wall that they’re no longer wearable. The colors are deep and extremely rich in pigment, so practically every color will suite any look and any taste.



It seems I have the most fun with nail color and trends in the summertime. For as long as I can remember my favorite polishes have been those pops of bright colors, so appropriate for summer. This year I’ve got a few trends to share using some of my favorite shades from the Sally Hansen Triple Shine collection: These are easy, fun, and so appropriate under the sun!



When it comes to foundation or any sort of base, I’ve pretty much tried everything: The good, the bad, and the ‘why do they even make this stuff?’

The trouble with a lot of these products that claim to make your skin look perfect in one way or another is that they’re gimmicky. All these different technologies and ‘patent-pending’ breakthroughs sound great, but do they really work? It’s been my experience that the vast majority do not, but out of those dozens you’re likely to find one or two that do.

Recently I discovered a product that I had pretty much blacklisted as a total gimmick and not worth trying, ever. You remember seeing those ads for the white cream that ‘adjusts’ to your complexion? And do you recall trying that product only to find that it not only doesn’t match your complexion but all of a sudden you have this pink cast over your face?


After being certain I’d never try a product like that again, I happened upon a product by Cargo called the Picture Perfect CC Cream. The claim, again, was that the cream comes out white, but once it touches your skin it adjusts to your unique color. Was I hesitant? Yes. But I’d always had such a great experience with Cargo products that I figured it was worth a shot. I was at the GenBeauty Cargo booth when I discovered the product and the Cargo rep said it was going to blow my mind… And it did.



Skincare is paramount in my book: If your skin doesn’t look good, chances are your makeup isn’t going to look good either. It’s important to take the extra time at bedtime and during your morning routine ensure clean and conditioned skin! But, of course, the products you use will make all the difference. I just posted a skincare routine video on my YouTube channel, but I’m including some supplemental information here to really cover all the details of why and how I use each product.

Murad Clarifying Cleanser
The one and only acne cleanser I’ve ever approved of for my skin. It doesn’t dry out my skin and give it that super squeaky clean feel; it leaves my skin feeling supple and refreshed without stripping it. I always get this (good) tingling feeling after I cleanse with this stuff, too. It’s got calming agents like green tea extract, and it’s just an altogether solid cleanser.


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