Santa, Bring Me a New Makeup Bag

By Stephanie, age 22, New York

With the holidays right around the corner, it's time to start "wrapping" up that last minute shopping. Here are my top beauty products I hope Santa will stick in my stocking.

Eye Shadow

I have discovered my favorite mineral eye shadow in the world. These eye shadows from Spice Cosmetics are extremely pigmented and have very little fall out. They are very easy to blend and you can even create your own colors by mixing them together. With over 20 colors to choose from, and each only $8.00, you will be sure to fall in love with these as well. I suggest you purchase an eye shadow collections kit, which gives you 4 shadows at $20.00 - that's only $5.00 each!!! Get 10% off your entire purchase if you use promo code cusrep3

Shock! eye shadow pigment is available for $8.00 at


These are the closest brushes I have found that match up with my MAC brushes, and they are half the price. For $69.00 you get 6 professional quality brushes for a complete makeover! The essentials you need to apply makeup to eyes and face, plus the cute Heart Shaped Mirror, and a free travel size E25 brush is even included with this kit!

Face and Eyes Kit & Heart Shaped Mirror in Some Like it Hot is available for $69.00 (on sale) at

Brushes in This Kit:

* Large Powder - F30 - Very dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products on face and body. Natural bristles.

* Duo Fibre - F50 - Specially designed to generate an 'airbrushed' finish when used to apply liquid foundation. It can also be used to apply blush, highlight shades, and loose pigments. Blend of synthetic and natural bristles.

* Pencil - E30 - Precise application of color on the crease, outer corner, and upper and lower lash line. Also ideal to smudge out pencil liner. Natural bristles.

* Tapered Blending - E40 - Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease. Natural bristles.

* Eye Shading - E55 - Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments. Ideal to build intense color on the eyelid. Natural bristles.

* Buffer - F45 - Ideal to apply mineral foundation, loose or pressed powders. Also great to buff colors and obtain a soft, blended look. Natural bristles.


This is by far one of my favorite blushes, as of right now. It goes on very easily and blends very well. These blushes are pretty true to the colors on the site, and at only $3.00 each you can try all of the colors. Don't let the bright color in the pan scare you off; the shades go on very naturally. Sign up for the EyesLipsFace newsletter so you can receive current coupons and discount offers.

E.L.F Studio Blush is available for $3.00 at

Lip Stick

I am trying to convert to all vegan and animal free testing makeup products, and this is one of my new favorite brands. The lipstick goes on so smooth and stays on pretty long because the lipstick is so pigmented that you don't have to put on too much. It even tastes pretty good, though I don't recommend eating it (lol). Enter consultant code 2405 at checkout to get great free samples!!!

Vegan Lipstick is available for $7.00 at

Now that you have all the products you need, all that is left is for you to find your right shade!! I would love to hear what you think about these products - please comment below.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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