Category Archives: Misc.

Kitsy Lane Jewelry Haul Video

Here’s a little something different. I’ve had the opportunity to open up a jewelry boutique on Kitsy Lane. In this video, I show you a few of the pieces that are available and what I think about them. If you’d like to look at all of the pieces available for purchase, please see this link. Continue reading

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Inside View: CosmoProf Las Vegas 2012

Here are some photos and video clips from this year’s CosmoProf in Las Vegas. Continue reading

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Inside View: IMATS Los Angeles 2012

Here are some photos and video clips from this year’s IMATS in Los Angeles.

Hope you enjoy, and see you next year! Continue reading

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5 Tips For IMATS Attendees

The trade show is a lot of fun: there are seminars from experienced speakers in the industry, a student competition that exhibits amazing makeup work, and (most peoples’ favorite part) tons of makeup booths where you can purchase items at a discount. There is always a large turn-out, so you get to mingle with others who love makeup.

But it can also be stressful managing the schedule of seminars, navigating which of the dozens of booths to go to, and being crammed in between 100 other people who want to buy the same lipstick you do! So here are 5 tips I’d like to share for keeping your IMATS experience positive and minimally stressful. Continue reading

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Father’s Day 2012 Gift Idea

If you’re like me, you never know what to get Dad for Father’s Day…or their birthdays…or Christmas. Continue reading

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People’s Poll: Blog Sale?

I’d like to condense my makeup collection and have been contemplating a blog sale for several months now. I would be offering new/unused items, items that have only been swatched, and lightly-used products. Would you be interested in a blog sale? Continue reading

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Holy Grail / Epic Fail – 2011 Products in Review

During Allura’s first year on the web, I had the privilege of testing and sharing many beauty products. 2011 was filled with both great and disappointing products, though I am happy to report that the year was filled with many more good than bad items.

Here is a snapshot of the products reviewed in 2011. Below are the top and bottom 5 by rating. Continue reading

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Beauty Resolutions for 2012

1: Clean my makeup brushes once a week
I’m very much a germaphobe. I don’t share drinks with people, I turn my head when someone near me coughs or sneezes, and I wash my hands a dozen times a day. Until just a few months ago, I would wash my brushes after every single use. But once I started working full-time, my free time became so scarce that I neglected washing my brushes consistently. Washing brushes is crucial to minimizing bacteria build-up in the bristles. For 2012, I want to make sure to wash mine at least once a week. Continue reading

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