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Free Bobbi Brown Eye Liner, Lip Gloss and Eyeshadow Coupon Codes

From now until 6/24/2011, get a free full sized product of your choice of the following plus free shipping with any $65 purchase at Bobbibrown.com:

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Mahogany Ink (enter coupon code GEL44)
Bobbi Brown Naked Rich Color Lip Gloss (enter code RICH44)
Bobbi Brown Soft Peach Eyeshadow (enter code PEACH44)

Enter the code of your choice at checkout at Bobbibrown.com to get your free product and free shipping on your entire order. Enjoy!

Advanced Laser Lipolysis – The Benefits and Risks

If you live in the UK and you’ve ever been interested in laser liposuction (aka Advanced Laser Lipolysis), you are in luck. MYA clinics are now offering the procedure. It is one of the safest (and fastest growing) cosmetic surgery options available to date. Here are a few of its benefits over other lipo treatments.

Unlike other forms of liposuction, advanced laser lipolysis offers quite a few benefits to potential patients. First off, some traditional and recent lipo procedures like ‘Smart Lipo’ and Liposonix do not actually remove any fat. They only break down the fat – without actually removing it.

Laser liposuction is less invasive and unlike tradtional surgical liposuction, laser lipolysis only requires local anesthesia. No overnight stay is required and you can return to exercising within a week or two. (With many cosmetic procedures you have to wait a month or more.) Other normal activities can be resumed within a day or two and you can even return to work the next day. With traditional surgical lipo, soreness, bruising, swelling and pain last several weeks – much longer than with laser lipolysis. You also have to wear a compression garment for 6-8 weeks with traditional lipo instead of just 2 weeks with laser lipo.

Many women take good care of their bodies, but, due to genetics or body type, have a difficult time toning up or slimming down certain areas. This procedure is ideal for smaller areas or for women who just want to enhance their body. Smaller areas like the ankles, the knees, the arms/bra strap area or the neck are very common as are the typical areas like thighs, the stomach and the love handles. If you are a woman who is generally satisfied with her body, but wants to just improve one or two smaller areas, advanced laser lipolysis is a great option.

Any cosmetic procedure does carry some risks. Discuss both the benefits and risks with your doctor prior to getting anything done. Many considerations will depend upon your individual situation. Common risks include swelling, bruising, bleeding and infection, among others.

Of course, no lipo or cosmetic treatment, will take the place of the confidence you will feel from a healthy lifestyle. Each of us should strive to have the discipline to develop habits of eating healthy and exercising regularly. Doing these will help you look and feel your best. Cosmetic treatments like laser lipolysis are best for individuals who are already have healthy lifestyles.

In most cases, someone who doesn’t take any initiative to exercise or keep their body healthy would be better off to consider starting with a change of lifestyle before looking for a body image solution from a cosmetic procedure. But, if you are already well on your way to sculpting the body you want, advanced laser lipolysis can help you beat genetics and take care of those last little stubborn areas that stand in the way of you and the body you’ve always wanted.

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals – Mineral Makeup Starter Kit

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Get a free bareMinerals mineral makeup starter kit from Bare Escentuals by participating in this offer. Bare Escentuals is one of the most popular and most trusted mineral makeup brands in the world. Their bareMinerals line is adored by mineral makeup lovers all over the world. The set retails for $174 and comes with three Bare Escentuals makeup brushes, a special shampoo to keep your brushes clean, two shades of foundation, and a free DVD to help get you started if you’re just learning how to apply mineral makeup.

Free MAC Cosmetics Lipglass in Prrr – Product Giveaway

Update: Congratulations to Esther C. from Monroe, New York – the winner of our April MAC Lipglass Giveaway!

As one of our favorite all time glosses, we decided to feature MAC Cosmetics Lipglass in our first SoKiss&Makeup.com Giveaway. One winner will receive a free MAC Lipglass in the shade Prrr, a delightful, neutral, peachy-pink shade. The giveaway ends on April 20!

To enter, do one or more of the following. You can enter as many ways as you like. Then, send us an email listing each of the ways you entered. The winner will be notified by email from the email address provided, so you must send us your entries by email for your entries to be valid.

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This deadline to enter is 12pm PST on April 20, 2011. Winner will be chosen randomly and posted on this page once the winner has confirmed. This Giveaway is open only to U.S. residents only. You must be 18 or older to participate. Winner will be notified by email. Winner must respond within 48 hours. Failure to do so will result in disqualification of the notified participant and new winner will be chosen randomly. One win per 90 days. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Wedding Eye Makeup Tips

When it comes to your wedding, eye makeup can be a tricky subject. Brides need to rely on makeup that will last all day. Plus, with tears of happiness that may or may not decide to make an appearance, no bride wants to deal with running mascara or eyeliner. Here are a few wedding eye makeup tips to help you get a perfect look that will last.

Consider Eyelash Extensions for Your Wedding Day

Lash extensions allow you to have long, gorgeous lashes – without the worry of your mascara running if you happen to get emotional on your special day. I used to look down on eyelash extensions because, honestly, I really liked my natural lashes and thought many of the sets of lash extensions looked fake. Nowadays, you can get lash extensions that look completely natural and blend with your real lashes.

I finally tried extensions last year. Let me tell you, I am absolutely sold. You can create just about any look you like. There are all sorts of lengths, shades, types and shapes. Just be sure to go to someone who has a lot of experience and can apply them correctly. And, for your bridal look, someone who can do more of a natural looking application. Also, we recommended you try them out a month or so before your wedding so you have time to get used to them beforehand.

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Choose a Fool-proof Eye Liner

There are a number of eye liners that will look beautiful for your wedding day makeup look. The point here is to choose wisely. Many liners fade quickly or wash away easily with just a little moisture. You want a liner that won’t budge. Quite a few eye liner formulas that will do the trick. A waterproof liner may be a good option. Or, if you know of a liner you love that doesn’t run, that may be your best bet.

Our recommendation? MAC’s Liquidlast Liner is a lifesaver. It does require an oil-based makeup remover when you’re ready to take it off, but until then it stays put. It comes in a variety of shades. Our favorite is Point Black for a more classic look, or Coco Bar or Brassbeat for a more natural look. When I spend a day at the lake, I pair this MAC Liquidlast eye liner with lash extensions for an all day look that won’t wash away, even with a cannon ball into the water.

When your bridal makeup is the least of your worries, you can spend your energy on more important things, like debating with your mom regarding her potential mother of the bride outfits. And we all know, with many a mother, that is no easy task!

Free Sample of Chanel’s Sublimage La Creme Anti Aging Face Cream

During March, bring this printable coupon into The Bay department stores and redeem your coupon at any Chanel makeup counter for a free sample of their regenerating skin cream, Sublimage La Creme.

La Creme hydrates deeply and nourishes your skin. It also simultaneously firms and tones your skin as well. The creme contains a new patent pending ingredient that, according to Chanel, “allows for the creation of Enriched Planifolia PFA – an ultra-pure cosmetic active ingredient”.

This promotion is good only until March 31st, or while supplies last!

Wedding Makeup Tutorial using Chanel Cosmetics

This tutorial shows some excellent makeup application tips for your wedding day or any special occasion. The tips are also important to remember for everyday use as well, ie: don’t over do it with concealer, and metallic shadows. The tutorial uses makeup from the Chanel Cosmetics line.

Free Clarins Instant Complexion Perfector

Get a Free Full-Sized Instant Complexion Perfector from Clarins (normally $33) with any $30 order on Clarins.com. Just enter coupon code SKIN at checkout. This order is only good until March 8th, so if you’re planning on restocking any of your Clarins makeup and beauty products, take advantage of this offer.

Choosing Makeup Colors for Your Wedding

Anyone planning a wedding knows the deliberation that goes into choosing your wedding colors. Your wedding makeup is just as important, and also needs to coordinate with the colors you’ve chosen for your special day. They also need to flatter your skin tone, eye color and hair color. With so much to take into consideration, here are some tips to get you started.

First ask yourself if there are any colors you can pull from your bridal bouquet or wedding centerpieces. For instance, if your flower arrangements contain a blend of oranges, pinks and corals, consider choosing from among those shades and using those colors as your blush and lip color. Determine whether your skin has warm or cool undertones. If you’re on the cooler side, choose a cool version of the shade you are considering. For instance, If you have warmer undertones to your skin, a coral shade may look best on you, whereas if you have cooler undertones, picking up on the pink shades in you bouquet might look best.

If your bridal bouquets have bolder colors like deep purples or reds, use minimal makeup to coordinate. For instance, if your main color is red, you may want to wear a classic red lipstick and then stick to simple makeup for your eyes and the rest of your look. Dark purple or navy can be used as an eye liner color if you want to pull out some of those types of shades.

But keep in mind that you can also simply compliment your wedding colors rather than coordinate with them. Use good judgment when deciding which way to go. A nice, neutral eyeshadow shade can often look more flattering and add just the right amount of glow to your look without requiring the use of specific colors. If your wedding colors can be worked into your look, go for it. If not, opt to compliment with neutrals and avoid clashing with your wedding colors.

Bridal makeup is an essential part of your wedding day look. If you can, you may want to schedule an appointment with a makeup artist at a department store makeup counter and bring in a few swatches of your wedding shades. The artist can help you evaluate potential makeup colors and assist you in choosing your final bridal makeup look.

Free MAC Cosmetics Samples – UK Only

Similar to the MAC Makeup sample offer for Canadian residents only, this MAC Cosmetics offer is for those residing in the UK only. We will be sure to post offers for US residents as soon as one becomes available. If you haven’t tried MAC products yet, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. MAC is considered by many to be the most popular cosmetics brands in the world.

Request a Free Sample from Carmex

Every week, Carmex gives away fifty free product samples. If you’re a fan of their lipbalms and other products, take advantage of this chance to get a product for free. Carmex is known for their top of the line lip balm. Request your sample here.