Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sephora's Kiss For A Cause

The Beauty Bus Foundation is an organization that offers in-home beauty and grooming treatments free of charge to those who are terminally or chronically ill or handicapped as well as their primary caregivers!  They're currently serving the Los Angeles area.

I think this is a wonderful organization that encompasses what beauty really is.  It's all about feeling beautiful on the inside and out and giving a boost of self-confidence.  And to do this for those who are suffering from diseases or impairments is a beautiful gift.  Often times medical treatments can change one's physical appearance, and as a result, they mentally and emotionally feel like an outsider or alienated or just not the same person anymore.  I think the gift of getting pampered can lift one's spirit as they deal with their illness on a day-to-day basis.

Right now, Sephora has teamed up with Beauty Bus Foundation by holding a"Kiss for a Cause" event (until September 15, 2010).  For every red lip product purchased on Sephora's Kiss for a Cause page, Sephora will donate $1!

You know you've always want a red lipstick, why not support a good cause too! :)

You can also donate online at their website The Beauty Bus Foundation

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The Beauty Bus Foundation

Monday, August 23, 2010


Alright, it's been a little over three months since I started my blog, and I've decided to do a giveaway contest!  MakeUp Actually is all about spreading beauty and wellness, so what better way to do that than to give away the stuff I blog about!

Summer-Fall 2010 Giveaway Items

Clinique All About Eyes Serum 
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Royal Blue
Neutrogena Extra Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads
Sephora Signature Clear Stripe Bag in Black


*Recruit your friends to 'Like' the MakeUp Actually Facebook page.  I can see who are new to the page, but in order for you to get credit, send a message with your friend's name. Whether 1 friend or 10 friends like the page, your message will count as one entry :)

*Tag yourself on the Giveaway photo. (If you're new, please Like the page first, then tag :))

*Share the Facebook page on your Wall (bottom right corner, there's a Share button).  Then, comment on the Giveaway post to notify me that you've shared the page.  I'll visit your page to verify.

*Become a follower on AND comment on the Giveaway post on the website (you can just say "New follower!").

*If you have a blog, post this giveaway on your own blog page!  Just send me a link to your blog to confirm your entry.

*On Twitter, follow and tweet @makeupactually "Giveaway entry"

*** You are allowed to submit more than one entry, but the max is 3  ***

All entries must be submitted by Sunday, September 26, 11:59pm EST.  Each entry will be assigned a number (in the order that entries are received), and using a random number generator, an entry will be selected.

The winner will be announced on the Facebook page, Twitter, and the Blog site and contacted via Facebook message and/or e-mail (if provided) for shipping address.

Good luck!

Disclaimer:  The contest is not connected to Sephora, Maybelline, Neutrogena, Clinique, or Facebook.  The contest was solely created by the host of MakeUp Actually.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
Price: $29.00
Where To Find: Sephora ( or

I received this product as a birthday gift (Thanks, Judy!).  I've used it pretty regularly during the work week, and I did try it once when I went out to the bars.  Overall, it's a really great product.  I usually have 14-hour work-school days, and in the hot and humid summers of metropolitan DC, this was probably the best place to test the product's Temperature Control Technology.

While my body still succumbed to the humidity (many days of coming home sweaty and gross in work clothes), this product did keep my makeup in place.  For me, the eyeshadow (on the outer edges), eyeliner and foundation on the forehead tend to be the first to melt away (and if I'm out partying, I hardly have any makeup on by the time I reach home), but this spray helped in keeping the makeup in those places intact!  There were a few  really hot days, however, when I wiped the sweat off my forehead, and I saw the foundation on the tissue/towel.  So maybe in 100+ degree weather with a heat index of 70, this product isn't perfect, but I can attest that my makeup is better than without having used it.

Another nice feature is that the spray is practically weightless when sprayed on.  Within seconds after  spritzing, I don't feel anything at all.  It feels like it evaporated or dries up the second it touches the skin.  At least you don't feel like you've added another layer to your makeup!

How to apply:
1. Shake it up before you use.
2. Spray an "X" (approx. 2 spritzes) about 6-8 inches away from the face for best overall coverage.

On Urban Decay's website, they have other makeup setting sprays.  So check them out too!