Smashbox Holiday, On the Rocks

Smashbox Holiday 2014 has arrived and it is absolutely gorgeous! 'Tis the season to be glamorous and Smashbox is here to keep you looking stunning all month long. With a gift set for everyone, you're bound to gift one and keep one with this collection.

For the eyeshadow loving' gal, Smashbox's On the Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Luxe Palette has everything you need in one pretty case. With 28 beautiful shades to choose from, you'll never get bored of this palette. Whether you're looking for neutral nudes or colorful shadows, you'll have it all. This set makes a perfect gift for anyone who's just started experimenting with eyeshadow.

A perfect companion to the On the Rocks Palette is the On the Rocks Always Sharp Liner Set. For a limited time, you can get 5 of Smashbox's top-selling liners which include Raven, Sumatra, Midnight, 3D Orchid and 3D Night Gem. If you've never tried the Always Sharp Liners, this gift set is a must-have because these liners glide on effortlessly and the shades go beautifully with any eye color.

Any makeup lover who can't have enough lip products will appreciate the On the Rocks Be Legendary Lip Gloss Sets and the On the Rocks Lipstick Trio. The gloss set is perfect for everyday wear, especially if you just want a little shine on your lips. If you've always debated over which lipstick to carry in your purse, you won't have to with the lipstick trio. These miniature-sized lipsticks make it easy to carry all 3 with you at all times--after all, you never know when you'll need a lipstick color change. 

PB MUA Inspiration for Halloween

Halloween is this Friday and if you're still scrambling for some inspiration, some of our talented makeup artists are ready to help! From creepy to gorgeous looks, Planet Beauty's makeup artists can tackle it all with their creative hunger and awesome skill. Check out some of the looks these amazing artists were able to create with some of their everyday makeup at home. 

Jessica is a self-taught makeup artist who enjoys experimenting with color and helping clients find their cosmetic comfort zone, while enhancing their natural beauty. She's been with Planet Beauty for about 7 years and recently became a makeup lead. This year, Jessica decided to do her take on a creepy, broken doll. To create this look, she used the jane iredale white pencil, Smashbox's blush in Radiance, Smashbox's Limitless Liquid Liner, Too Faced's No Makeup Makeup, Too Faced's eye shadows, Anastasia Duo Brow Powder, Eylure Lashes and of course, Beauty Blender in both original and micro mini. Her advice for capturing the perfect doll look? Play up your eyes and cheeks! 


Hot Fall Looks with Smashbox's Cherry Smoke Palette

Smashbox has released their new Cherry Smoke Palette just in time for fall and it is absolutely stunning. This season, Smashbox is all about being bold, bold, bold. From your eyebrows to lips, it's the season for making a smoky statement.

Start your signature look by tending to your brows. For natural-looking brows that still stand out, simply shade them in with one of Smashbox's Brow Tech Trios. If you have thinner brows or want more definition, start with Smashbox's Brow-Tech To-Go. Shading in and defining brows makes a huge difference when you're attempting a smoky eyeshadow look, as it will draw more attention to your eyes. 

To ensure that your shadow looks its best and stays in place, always prime. For all day wear, use Smashbox's new Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer. Whether you want office-appropriate makeup or are looking to shake things up during the weekend, the Cherry Smoke Palette will come in handy, with 8 different shades to play with. 

Finally, don't forget to flaunt your pretty pout. Go for a subtle touch of fall with Cherry Copper, a pinky nude with copper pearl shade. This lipstick is great for daytime and doesn't require a liner, which is always a plus. If you're feeling a little more seductive, Bing might be the winning lipstick shade for you. A classic red, you'll want this in your makeup bag for all those upcoming holiday parties. 

Are you excited for this palette? Our employees Sam and Colleen from our Ontario location are! Here are the beautiful looks they came up with. 

Makeup Tips for Beginners

If you've never worn a lot of makeup and you're just starting, typing in makeup under Youtube and Pinterest search engines is going to be very overwhelming. There are so many different kinds of products to choose from that you may want to give up on your search before it begins. Even though I've worked in the beauty industry for almost eight years, I'm still learning new things. So, if this whole world is a little new to you, here are some tips to save you headaches and money.

Foundation or BB Cream? When it comes to makeup, a lot of women automatically assume they need a foundation. The best thing to consider when shopping for makeup is what kind of coverage you really want or need. Not everyone needs a heavy duty foundation and some people's skin actually looks better with less makeup. You also want to consider the kind of time you have to apply makeup. If you're looking to save time, a BB cream might be the quicker alternative to foundation, which can sometimes require a little extra time blending. While we're on the subject of blending, consider the kind of beauty tools you'll want to work with and ask your beauty advisor for tips and tricks. Another tip? Be prepared to try some makeup on your face. It's the best way to see how a product looks and feels.

Hot Lips for Humid Weather

When it's humid out, it can be hard to find the motivation to glam up. Even with the best weatherproof makeup primers and foundations, sometimes, you just don't want to feel anything on your skin. However, if you still want to look hot in humid weather, consider playing up your lips for a no-fuss way to look fabulous. 

Smashbox recently launched their Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquers that are quickly becoming fan favorites for their high-pigmented, long-wearing formulas. Ideal for lipstick users that always layer gloss on top, these non-sticky lacquers help eliminate that extra step. They stay on for a long period of time, without the annoying flaking or patchy fading. The conditioning power of Vitamin E keeps your lips moisturized and protected. With so many shades to choose from, you can pick a color for every season. If you're looking for more of a subtle pop of color, consider any of their Be Legendary Lip Glosses. They have an airy feel and glassy finish that will make your lips feel smooth and sexy without any stickiness. 

Too Faced's Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick has been flying off our shelves since they launched. Their precision tip applicators make them a summer favorite because you don't need to fuss with a liner for a beautiful application. The colors are so vibrant that all eyes will be on your pretty pout. Even on the yuckiest, humid days of the year, you will still look fabulous and the word melted will take on a new meaning.

Eye-Opening Tips and Tricks

Sometimes, keeping busy during the summer months cause us to neglect some of our much-needed rest. Whether you're a busy mom who's been trekking back and forth between summer camps or just a single gal who's been spending a little extra time with the girls, it's easy to lose out on some shut eye. Our eyes are always giving away how tired we are, but it doesn't mean you still can't look your best and trick those around you into believing you get 8 hours of sleep every night. Check out these eye-opening tricks to make you look rested and rejuvenated daily. 

1. Start with a good eye cream: Whether you're concerned with puffy eyes or dark circles, you have to use an eye cream to give your under eyes the much-needed hydration and love they deserve. Rodial's Dragon's Blood Eye Gel targets puffiness and dryness with Rose Water, Dragon's Blood and Arnica. Hyaluronic Acid helps restore hydration, helping soothe dry under eyes and smoothing out fine lines. This gel formula cools and soothes upon application, which is a great morning pick-me-up. 

2. Incorporate an under eye brightener: bareMinerals never disappoints with the Well-Rested Face and Eye Brightener. The sheer formula is lightweight, making it easy to blend underneath the eyes for instant radiance and luminosity. For a little color, try their Stroke of Light Eye Brightener. These awesome brighteners come in 3 shades and instantly diffuse darkness under eyes, while reducing dark circles and wrinkles over time. These are ideal for anyone who doesn't want a heavy concealer. 

Calling all color lovers

Are you in need of a little color in your life? Then you're just in time for this season's hottest trends. OPI's newest collection of neon shades are already flying off the shelves and recently, Deborah Lippman unveiled their hot new colors for summer, as well. Travel back in time with Deborah Lippman's musically-inspired collection for summer, 80's Rewind. Everything about this collection will make you feel nostalgic for a time when mixed tapes were popular and MTV was about music videos. This limited edition is sure to sell, not only for their bright colors, but their names as well. Check out these fun shades:

Don't Stop Believin': (Righteous Red-Orange) I personally LOVE Journey, so I HAD to have this gorgeous, vibrant orange. 

Maniac: (Electro-pop Purple) If you watched Flashdance as a kid, then you'll remember the famous scene with Jennifer Beals. This color might get you dancing, too.

She Drives Me Crazy: (Tantalizing Teal Tease) The Fine Young Cannibals sure knew how to cater to the feelings of loved-crazed individuals with their hit song, but we know the only thing that will drive you crazy is not getting this beautiful teal shade. 

Video Killed the Radio Star: (Bombdiggity Blue) The hit song by The Buggles is highly contagious and will always get stuck in your head, once you think about it. This fun blue color will have you singing like a radio star.

Walking on Sunshine: (Lively Luminous Lemon) Do you feel like walking on sunshine all summer long? Then you have to try this pretty lemon shade. 

Trends Spotted at the Billboard Music Awards

The Billboard Music Awards are always fun to watch, not just for the artists performing, but for the edgy fashion and beauty trends seen on the red carpet. Celebrities seem to take more liberties with their style and the atmosphere is a lot more casual, which can lead to some interesting choices in hair and makeup. Here's what we loved about the red carpet beauty trends.

Edgy hair color: Both Ke$ha and Kylie Jenner rocked pink and turquoise hair, respectively. Ke$ha's hair was dyed entirely, while Kylie rocked dipped turquoise tips, which looked really fun with her long bob. If you've been wanting to experiment with fun colors, Jerome Russell has Punky Colors, which deposits temporary color while conditioning hair. Of course, this product works best on bleached hair, but you can even use it on dark hair to create some fun highlights. Or, if you're really feeling brave, call your local Planet Beauty and see if any of the stylists specialize in funky colors. You can always try a few peek-a-boo highlights and take it from there. 

Smashbox's Summer Necessities

Did last week's heat wave put a damper on your beauty routine? Besides having a bad hair day, nothing is worse than feeling your makeup melt off your face, especially if you took anywhere between 10-40 minutes doing it in the morning. If last week was any indication of what summer is going to be like, then you're going to need an arsenal to keep your makeup pretty and in place. Check out these Smashbox summer makeup essentials.
1. Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara: Your favorite best-selling Smashbox mascara now comes in a new waterproof formula. Get ready to take your lashes from 9 AM to 9PM without a hitch. Let's face it, no one likes those small mascara flakes that creep up after lunch time. Like their original mascara, this one is sure to be a hit with all those summer weddings coming up.
2. Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner: Wearing colored liner is super hot right now, but you don't want to get caught with blue liner smearing all over your eyes and down your cheeks. These Kohl liners not only glide on smoothly, but stay on all day long.

Met Gala 2014 Inspiration

Every year, the Met Gala delivers with high fashion, gorgeous beauty trends and artful inspiration that makes all of us want to be a little more fierce and fabulous. From classic ball gowns to modern short dresses, A-List celebrities make their mark on the red carpet, taking risks and going bold. This year, I was particularly surprised with some of our favorite younger actresses rocking the red carpet in a seamless fashion. Blake Lively, Hailee Steinfeld and Emma Stone all brought a different look to the Gala and each was a winner in their own right. 

Blake Lively

Why we loved her look: No matter what role she's playing on screen, she sure knows how to rock the vintage Hollywood glam look. From her sexy, vintage waves to her natural makeup and heart-stopping dress, it was hard to take your eyes off her.

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