‘Tis the season to treat your loved ones, but why shouldn’t you indulge your own needs and look and feel as gorgeous as ever this holiday season?! Now you can, thanks to the latest innovation from the brand that revolutionized the cosmetics application industry/process: BRUSHCRAFT by Artis!
This new addition to high-end, cult-favorite, Artis Brush, BrushCraft offers modern makeup brushes to those who consider make up an artistry and are looking to achieve a fast, flawless finish. Continuing to transform the beauty industry with his unique and forward-looking perspective, Matthew Waitesmith, Artis Founder, and creative visionary, created BrushCraft to address the challenges of makeup “self-application”. He wanted to deliver superior cosmetic performance with a line that combines ergonomics with design, function, and performance.
With a twist on the traditional makeup brush to make it more maneuverable and easy-to-use, Artis has rewritten the story. He created accessible makeup brushes that offer a fun, yet efficient makeup application process. By turning the fibers at a right angle, using trademarked, man-made and engineered NuFibre, and including many more fibers in each bundle than in conventional animal hair brushes, BrushCraft improves performance and provides better makeup results every time you use these brushes.
The BrushCraft Makeup Brush – The Components:
· BrushCraft Linear 1 – This brush is designed to help make a line of color easier. The Linear 1 has a thin row of fibers aligned perfectly so that you can pick eyeshadow or liner and by gently pulling the brush across the skin, you can create a thin line of makeup. Great for lining eyes, or filling in and perfecting brows.
· BrushCraft Circle 1R – This brush contains a fiber bundle that is a cylinder shape, but with a rounded domed top at the fiber tips. The shape and size make it great for applying eyeshadow and blending, spot concealing, focused contouring, and lip color.
· BrushCraft Oval 3 – The Oval 3 is the perfect size and shape for applying eyeshadow products to the lid area. You can do an all-over application of color, or use it to emphasize the outside corners of the lid or along the upper and lower lash lines. Also good for applying concealer to areas under the eyes.
· BrushCraft Oval 6 – This is the perfect size and shape brush for applying foundation, contour, and blush. Pick up a small amount of product and gently sweep it across the area of the face you want to cover. This brush has over 60,000 individual fibers in the bundle, which is the main reason it applies and blends product beautifully.
Most makeup artists—and the same is true for most makeup wearers—only use a few brushes to achieve the majority of results. However, the industry tells consumers to have a brush for every single part of the face and every single product. BrushCraft by Artis believes it’s better to have a few great brushes, each doing many different applications. which can work with many different formulas.
The BrushCraft Makeup Brush retails for $18.50 – $24.50.
Visit our very first Holiday Capsule Collection featuring original art by MissMindful.
You leave a trail of glitter everywhere you go and there is something undeniably magical about you. You tell your story by the things you do and the choices you make. There is nothing typical about your signature walk or the music of your laughter. You are cute, clever and connected and no matter where you find yourself, you always do you. Soar to new heights, bursting with emotions and fueled by the power of your dreams… and your puppy best friend will show you the way to infinite love. Let Magic surround you…
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Yes, you read that right. Pure Ice is proud to announce the launch of their Holiday 2012 collection, a combination of new, limited-edition shades created exclusively for the holiday season, as well as some Pure Ice colors you already know and love. Thanks to Pure Ice…one winner will get them 31 of them!!
Visit the Pure Ice website to see a list of all the polishes in the Holiday Collection. I have a second set of all 31 polishes…just waiting patiently in The Mani Cave to be swatched and reviewed . I’ve challenged myself to post all 31 swatches next week. So check back daily to get a closer look at the prize!
You want to win, right? Click on the link below to visit the Rafflecopter entry form. You can earn up to 12 entries before December 28, 2012. You must like both thework/play/polish and Pure Ice facebook pages to qualify. The winner will be chosen among qualifying entries on or about December 28, 2012. Official contest rules are listed at the end of this post.
By entering this sweepstakes, you are agreeing to the Official Rules.
- Giveaway begins today (14 December 2012) and ends on 28 December 2012.
- Entries are collected via Rafflecopter. Up to 12 entries available per person.
- To qualify, entrant must LIKE both work / play /polish and Pure Ice facebook pages.
- Prize includes 36 Pure Ice Polishes from the Holiday 2012 Collection; retail value $70.92 USD.
- 30 of the polishes were provided by Pure Ice. Six polishes were purchased by work / play / polish.
- The number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning.
- A winner will be chosen randomly from all eligible entries on or about 28 December 2012.
- work / play / polish is not responsible for technical failures or typographical errors which impact entry.
- Winner will be notified by email. If potential winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
- Prize will be shipped within the Continental US ONLY. If you live outside of the US, you may enter provided you have a Continental US address that can receive the prize on your behalf.
- NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
Just in time for the excitement of the holiday season, the wonderful Dr. Doug Aspros, from the Bond Animal Hospital, has offered us some valuable advice when caring for our precious pets.
If we have a holiday party, should we let our pet be with the guests or not?
Mixing guests and pets often doesn’t work out very well advises Dr. Aspros, instead he suggests that closing off your pets in a bedroom or, another protected area, might be the better solution. Owners know their own pets, so the solution will have to suit the needs of your particular pet. However, it is important to keep in mind that just because you are happy to see your friends, doesn’t mean your pets might not feel the same way. Changes from routine such as new people and loud noises can cause great anxiety for your pets. For some pets, the stress from these routine deviations can cause soiling, chewing, scratching, or even the potential to harm guests. Dr. Aspros also stresses that it is important to remember that pets are allergic to a lot of the foods we serve during the holidays. Often your guest will be unaware of these hidden dangers and could potentially feed your pet something poisonous to them. The best bet is to keep them stashed away
What should we do if our pet eats something they shouldn’t?
Dr. Aspros suggests that the first thing to do, if you have a concern about your pet eating something they should not have, is to serve them a healthy meal. Even if they are not showing any symptoms of illness, a big meal will likely help anything inappropriate pass.
If an object is accidentally swallowed, compelling your pet to vomit can help remove the item. Serving them a few tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide or placing a bit of salt in the back of their throat will induce vomiting.
Dr. Aspros always recommends that you call your own vet and see what they suggest given the particular circumstances. If your vet is closed over the holidays, call a 24 hour vet clinic or emergency clinic if the situation is serious.
What are your thoughts on travelling with pets over the holidays?
Although dogs generally like car travel, cats are usually not big fans. Dr. Aspros recommends leaving your cat at home whenever possible, as a car ride can prove to be incredibly stressful. If you are required to travel with kitty, then be sure that they are in a proper carrier and secured to the floor.
Dogs are a bit different story; Dr. Aspros proposes that if your dog enjoys car rides then there is no harm in bringing them along! Be sure to properly secure your dog in the car by anchoring them to a seatbelt instead of letting them move around. There are plenty of products on the market today that allow you to attach you dog to a passenger seatbelt or to the floor of an SUV or hatchback. If not properly secured, in the unfortunate case of an accident, a pet can become a dangerous projectile.
Can I give a pet as a gift?
This is a big no, no. Although it seems like a wonderful gift, Dr. Aspros suggests that
holidays are not really the right time to be giving a pet. There are too many other
distractions during this time, so the new companion will be competing with lots of other
Dr. Aspros stresses that a pet is a long-term commitment. One that is emotional,
psychological and physical. It is important that the owner themselves plays a part in this
choice, and gifting makes that a challenge.
Where can we find more information?
Dr. Aspros suggests the following sites for additional information about keeping your pet
happy and safe, no matter the season.
Happy holidays everyone!
*Guest post written by Roslyn Small
Christmas is over and Hanukkah ends tonight, but fortunately, the holidays aren’t ever yet!
The grand finale, New Year’s Eve, has yet to come. Like many people, you may still be undecided about your New Year’s plans. You may even be entertaining the idea of hosting your own last minute NYE bash. Personally, I feel an intimate gathering or even a rockin’ house party is ten times better than any club or mega event.
So, if you’re thinking about entertaining this year, we have some tips for you from Nadia G of Cooking Channel’s Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen and Van Gogh Vodka.
Get yourself out of the kitchen. “The hostess should enjoy her holiday party every bit as much as the guests,” says Nadia. “The best way to get yourself out of the kitchen is to prepare foods ahead that will taste great at room temperature.” By letting guests serve themselves, everyone can eat on their own time giving the hostess time to kick back and relax with her own cocktail and spend quality time with friends.
Let the guests be their own bartenders. Nadia G recommends a vodka punch like her Pomagrenade Punch or a DIY mixers bar: stock a table with bowls of bite sized fresh fruit and herbs that have been soaking in liquor and simple syrup. Serve these gourmet mixers with chilled bottles of unflavored- and flavored-vodkas, carbonated water, rum and white wine. Guests will have a blast mixing and matching cocktails and experimenting with new combinations!
Give them something sweet – and don’t forget the coffee. Nadia’s Chocolate Balls made with butterscotch chips, peanuts and crushed pretzels are easy to whip up and major crowd pleasers. Topping off the evening with coffee is always a good idea; have regular and decaf on hand for guests to choose from at the end of the night.
Send the guests home with something you’ve created in your kitchen. “Everyone loves my Homemade Hot Cocoa mix. I add a little cayenne and some cinnamon to step it up,” says Nadia. “Gifted in a glass jar or a tin with a bright ribbon, it’s my personal way to say Happy Holidays at the end of the night.”
And of course the most important part of a party is the music; as Nadia says, music can make or break a party. If the host or hostess doesn’t have any musical taste, get a friend to make a playlist for the party.
Here’s one more idea to help make your party a hit.
1 1/2 oz Van Gogh BLUE Triple Wheat Vodka
1/4 cup fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice
1 heaping tablespoon minced fresh coriander
1 teaspoon maple syrup
Directions: In a shaker combine all ingredients above. Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into martini glass rimmed with maple flakes, drop in 2 coriander leaves, and garnish glass with pink grapefruit rind twist.
For more recipes, get your hands on Nadia G’s cookbook: Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen: Cookin’ for Trouble
Giving a Thompson Ferrier candle, from his newly launched line, is like giving a dose of luxury–for under $50!
I had the pleasure of taking home a candle in Kashmiri Spice ($48), which emitted a comforting aroma of spicy chai, vanilla, ginger root, nutmeg, cinnamon bark and black tea, which lingers long after the wick is extinguished. The hand-poured candle comes in a luxurious, gold pouch.
The line feature candles in a variety of shapes and fragrances (from $15-68)