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Napoleon Perdis

I’ve got a whopper of a freebie roundup for you today! Maybe I should hunt for free samples on Sunday mornings more often because some of these finds are just plain *exciting*!

  • Try out Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse foundation by grabbing your free samples from 12 shades are available, and you’ll get to sample them all- making the hunt for the perfect skin match much easier!
  • Experience Sarah Jessica Parker’s new fragrances: Dawn, Endless and Twilight. Get a free sample of one of her perfumes from SJP’s Beauty website.
  • And if you sign up at the Napoleon Perdis website before March 7th, you’ll get a free limited edition Protege Lip Gloss!! The good side? This freebie is open to USA and Australian readers! The bad side? You get a coupon to trade in for your lipgloss- but you have to do it in person at a Napoleon Perdis Concept store (there are 4 in California, but no where else in the USA); and 6 in Austraila. So you may want to check the stores locations first.

Pretty swank freebies, don’t ya think???

Makeup products that work for every woman

by Bionic Beauty on 21.Oct.2008 · 2 comments

The Beauty Ideal magazine

I was asked to contribute to October’s edition of  The Beauty Ideal. The “theme” for this month’s magazine was makeup and skincare that works for every woman, skin tone, color, etc. So I pulled up all my favorite products that will enhance your natural beauty no matter what type of gal you are.

Products That Work For Every Woman!

There are some items, no matter what your skin tone, that a woman should have in her cosmetics arsenal. When searching out items like these, it’s best to think of neutral tones. Take your cue from what nature gave you and work with it. Enhancing your natural tones will make you look awake, pulled together, and you’ll probably save a bit of time in the mornings. The basic makeup and grooming products below will look amazing on every eye color, hair color and ethnicity; I promise!

Pick a neutral eye liner in a shade of black or brown.
Brown and black eyeliners work well with all eye colors, enhance the depth of your features and even create the illusion of thicker, fuller lashes.

My favorites include Jane’s gel eyeliners in Dark Brown or Black. You can find them for $5 at your local drugstore or mass market retailer. They perform just as well as the higher-end gel eyeliners. The brush that comes packaged with them allows you to draw an even, precise line, and these liners don’t smudge, drift or crease.

Jane Gel Eyeliners - Colors and formulas that work for every women

Gel eyeliners that work for everyone in both price and color!

For a higher end option, try Lancome’s Le Crayon Kohl in Black Coffee, which is a very dark brown. This liner is a traditional pencil formula but since it’s based on kohl, the pencil is super soft and won’t irritate or pull on sensitive eye skin. The color is simply gorgeous! You can smudge it for a smoky look or keep it precise for a clean eye-accent. $23 from Lancome USA.

A relative new comer to the scene and a very eco-friendly option, Pencil Me In eyeliners are all-natural and affordable. The cap even includes a built-in sharpener! Again, these pencils are kohl so they are super gentle. The wealth of color options is amazing, but to achieve a look that works for everyone, I suggest Brownie (a matte medium brown) or Char-Kohl (a slightly smoky black). If you’d like some glimmer to draw attention to your eyes, check out Jet Sparks (a deep black with shimmer) and Silk Suede (a neutral brown with glimmer). Pencil Me In liners can be found at for $6.99 and are worth every penny!

Natural colored eyeshadow doesn’t have to mean boring!
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As I posted before, Target is now carrying an exclusive line of Jemma Kidd’s makeup, called JK. Target didn’t stop there though. Napoleon Perdis has a new line called NP Set, and famed Swedish makeup artist, Petra Strand has Pixi. It’s a whole new cosmetics section at Target. I was in love… so I snuck in my camera to take some photos of the displays for YOU!

I felt like a funny little makeup spy snapping off photos and playing with everything. They had testers set up for everything! It was quite fun!

The prices aren’t the most affordable, but it *is* nice to be able to pick up high-quality makeup at a mass market retailer. I have mall-phobia so I hate braving the overwhelming department stores. Target, Walgreens, CVS, and Wally-world are much easier for me. 😉

And now on to the pictures… (Click the image for a full size version which will open in a new tab or window depending on your internet browser’s settings.)

The full JK Jemma Kidd display at my Target. I loved the “rocker” look of this display. Pretty reds and blacks with feminine floral accents on the packaging.

JemmaKidd JK makeup display at Target

After the break for the rest of the photos…
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