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Courtney Couture: A Vintage Hollywood Icon Collection

If you’re a fan of Beauty by Charlie or Kiss & Makeup you may have seen our newest matte collection. Courtney Couture is a collection of mattes made specifically for Courtney’s Vogue contest.

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The collection features 4 matte shadows and 2 lipsticks. The colors were requested by Courtney of Kiss & Makeup, Elizabeth of Dotty Ann, and Lacy (who’s been poking me for mattes for ages). A big thank you to all of them for the inspiration!

To name this collection we had vintage Hollywood movie stars in mind. I still believe nothing says old school glamour like a classic Hollywood starlet. Audrey Hepburn was always the height of class and a lady, Marilyn Monroe was an iconic beauty, Elizabeth Taylor was gorgeous and bold, Ava Gardner was charming and mysterious, Grace Kelly was her namesake; graceful, and Sophia Loren was a fiery, exotic beauty.

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Shadows:

  • Audrey – Black
  • Elizabeth – White
  • Ava – Nude
  • Grace – Cream

Lipsticks:

  • Sophia – Pink
  • Marilyn – Red

You can find the Vogue High Fashion contest by clicking here. Its currently ended but the collection will be available soon.

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Tools of the Trade: Alcohol Spritzer

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I’m going to keep it short today and share one of my tools of the trade.

One of my most used tools is a mister filled with Isopropyl Alcohol. I use it to sanitize my workspace, tools, to spray my gloves before I make products and more. You can use it to sanitize pressed powders and spritz a little on a used lipstick before wiping a layer off on a clean tissue or paper towel. I wouldn’t recommend using it on brushes or any loose types of cosmetics as it would make a mess and could ruin your brushes.

You can pick up an inexpensive mister at Wal-Mart or Sally’s Beauty Supply and Isopropyl Alcohol is available at any grocery, pharmacy, or dollar store.

For more tips and tricks visit our Pinterest boards here: http://pinterest.com/darkheartdesign/

Blog Much?

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I don’t post here no where near as often as I’d like to. I believe that’s simply because I don’t know what to post. I’m always trying to figure out what everyone would prefer to read, or find helpful. Instead I just don’t post at all. I plan to just post more of what’s on my mind and what I’m working on, rather than waiting for a brilliant idea that requires lots of research and planning to write about.

In other news, the photo in this post is of the new Halloween collection, inspired by the new TV show American Horror Story. I’ll be posting photos of each color on our Facebook Fanpage this week. I hope you’ll click over and help us pick out names for them!

-Tina

The Face of Art

I don’t think of make up as something necessary to improve someone’s looks. I think everyone is beautiful just the way they are, without all the so-called beauty enhancers. I’ve always thought of make up as an art form. The face is one of the most beautiful canvas’s there is and the things that can be done with it are amazing. With just a few simple products, you can completely change your look. From simple, natural looks to complex, sophisticated masterpieces, all can be achieved with the right imagination and plenty of practice.

 Make up should be something you enjoy. Not something you feel the need to have on your face before you’re willing to go out in public. We sometimes think that we need to do all these things to better ourselves, when there are people who appreciate us for who we are, not how we look. I want people to have fun with my make up and try new things. There are tons of tutorials on the net to help perfect application skills, and plenty of cool colors that can have you on your way to being the next Botticelli. We’re only confined by our own minds!