Beauty at Costco? You Betcha.

If you haven’t strolled down Costco’s cosmetic and skin care isle lately, you’re missing out. What once was a few lowly offerings has grown to an entire selection of all-star  beauty basics.

Stila at Costco? Hell yeah! I had to resist the urge not to get these ** $18 4 piece kits with shadow duos in my all time favorite Stila shades. Both have Kajal Liners in Onyx and  Major Lash mascara, but the kit on the left has Starlight and Storm shadows while the other has Sun and Twig.

These warm glow sets are another 4 piece Stila steal. $14 gets you a Major Lash Mascara, Lip Glaze, Kabuki Brush, Liquid Eye Liner (love), and Bronzer. There’s a set 1 and 2 for a variance in intensity.

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a Blockbuster set. Stila’s has 30 shadows, 15 lip colors, 3 cheek colors, a bronzer, eye liner, lip liner, 2 applicators, a lip brush, and blush brush. For $20 it’s the ultimate in makeup happiness explosion from a big quality brand.

There were a ton of favorites there, like Olay Microsculpting Cream, 2 for $38.

And Roc Gold Correction, this is the night cream but the day version was there too for the same price. $29 for 2.

Have you heard of SebaMed? Neither had I, but after reading what it’s all about online I’ll probably go back for this life-sized soap-free face and body wash that’s perfectly ph balanced to calm the skin. $20 for a quart. That should last a while.

Who doesn’t love Cetaphil? Their 20oz 2 pack of Gentle Skin Cleansers are just $17 a set.

Aveeno’s popular Daily Moisturizing Lotion was $14 for 2 18oz bottles. Unrelated – my fingers are really double jointed so that’s my crazy thumb making its best backwards  ‘L’ shape.

A giant 33oz Eucerin and a less bendy look at my thumb.

You might not expect for Costco to be a hotbed for cosmetic activity, but look again, you might find some unexpected gems.

Most of the goodies are in store, but here is what they have listed online for cosmetics, and for Skincare.

** Prices vary from store to store

Best Anti-Aging Skin Care From

There’s a fantastic article at WebMD about skin aging and what ingredients truly deliver results. You can check out the article HERE, but I’ve highlighted 2 that seem to be the most effective of the bunch; Coffee Berry antioxidants and Peptides.

While Vitamins, C, A, E, Green Tea, and other antioxidants are perhaps the best known, WebMD found studies that suggest Coffee Berry is not only the clear leader in antioxidant effectiveness, but the most powerful anti-aging ingredient around . Priori has created a natural line (and a mineral makeup I love) around Coffeeberry extract. Check out their Day Complex for an A.M. dose of big-time environmental protection.

Also among the darlings of skincare are peptides, a chain of proteins that have been used in studies to promote wound care and stimulate collagen. Now tripeptides are all the rage, an uber-advanced designer peptide that helps to break down aging catalysts while promoting collagen production. The article mentioned Osmotics Anti-Radical Age Defense Barrier Longevity Complex, a Tripeptide packed cream that assists damaged skin on all fronts.

Also mentioned about a bazillion times in their video report – sunscreen, it’s still the very best anti-aging solution to prevent damage to the skin. Use it daly no matter what.

Cosmoholic Liquid Lipstick

Cosmoholic liquid lipsticks are a Makeup Artist’s dream, they combine the shine of a gloss with the pigment of a lipstick so I don’t have to build multiple layers to create the effect I want. They also have a sexy look of complete shine in the absensce of shimmer – without any stickiness. It’s a line that does one thing only so they do it really well.

You’ll find the collection in boutiques, Beauty 360 in California, and Makeup Mania here in Denver. Click HERE for a retailer in your area.


NXY Super Fat Eye Marker; A Must Have For Liner-Lovers

You could probably tell me that the Super Fat Marker from NYX is made from lead paint and arsenic and I’d still think twice about not using it. It actually looks like a marker, but this eye liner easily allows you to apply liner as thin or as thick as you’d like. Check it out.

Here’s the line yesterday at 10am when I got ready for a long day (sans mascara).

And a look at it last night around midnight. Yes, I’m still using Latisse.

Another glimpse.

So here’s the thing about this Eye Marker, it’s amazing. Its a rich, stark black delight for a self-proclaimed liner enthusiast like myself. I’m grabbing another one for my kit, I can’t wait to use it on girls with deeper skin tones to get a true black line when most black liners dull out and look gray. The tip takes a little getting used to, but it’s pretty easy to manage. If you don’t like using the marker straight on, rub the tip of your favorite eye lining brush against it to transfer the color over and use it with a brush you’re more comfortable with. Either way this is a deep black, long-wearing liner that’s worth way more than the $10 price tag.

NYX Super Fat Marker

At-Home Peels for Better Skin

I got a peel done once from a professional, it was $150 and didn’t do anything. Soon after that I began dabbling in the wonders of at-home DIY peels to slough off the top layer of skin when I’m starting to look dull and sluggish. What better time than fall to revive the skin that the sun damaged while you were basking in it all summer long. Here are a few peels I’ve tried that are sure to get your skin back to a brighter state.

I’m a huge fan of Glycolic acid, I’ve used it daily in various forms for years because of its ability to turnover skin without making you as sun-sensitive as its rivals. I love Glytone, they have a full collection of effective skin care for face and body that works like crazy to improve all sorts of skin problems while maintaining the skin’s ph so the irritation is minimal. You can use a thin layer of Mini Peel Gel up to a few times a week for 10 minutes to see brighter, clearer, tighter skin almost immediately without redness, irritation, or downtime. It’s a perfect compliment to your current regimen.

Your skin will look like it has just taken a deep breath of fresh air when you use The Oxygen Peel. Philosophy uses an oxygen foam to infuse the skin and give it an instant noticeable radiance. It’s the perfect treat pre-event or for when you haven’t been getting enough rest and your skin can tell the tale. 

Cane + Austin have simplified their line into two jars, one meant for skin with acne and the other for wrinkling and pigmentation issues. These glycolic-soaked Treatment Pads work as a daily retexturizer  to help peel back the layers of wrinkled, uneven skin to reveal a brighter look. It’s a gentle, daily way to ease into better skin over time.

You don’t have to completely desecrate your skin to get some positive changes, at-home peels like these are genus because you can get some great results while keeping your skin in tact.

Review: NYX Glitter Cream Pallet

Admittedly, glitter isn’t my thing. I’m all for glow, radiance, and a bit of shimmer, but chunks of glitter rarely make their way into my daily makeup routine. But, I’m a Makeup Artist so having something like the Glitter Cream Pallet from NYX in my kit, is just part of the job.

Let’s check out the one I bought recently, Bronze Goddess.

The compact

5 glittery, bronzy shades

First two shades

Last three

At first glance you see a ton of dense glitter that’s mixed in with their ‘cream’ which isn’t really a cream but a  mineral oil and wax combo. Having that cream base so it isn’t just dry glitter does help it to adhere to the skin better, but there are a few caveats to the palette like how the dense glitter seems to be on the top layer only. As I scraped the top layer away, I could see that there was more ‘cream’ than glitter just under the surface and the same was true with the other shades.

Another problem was the staying power, but this can be remedied by applying it in the middle of two shadows to give the cream something to hold onto, and then setting it in place by using another shadow. True, it dulls the glittery effect a bit but it locks it in place. An additional option is press a little Eye Seal over the glitter to instantly waterproof it and keep it from going anywhere. EIther way, you can’t just apply the colors to a bare lid and expect for it to stay on.

Although the Glitter Cream Palette isn’t the most sophisticated eye glitter around, it’s a steal for just $6 and the color range is pretty great. If you’re looking for a little sparkle for a night out look, check em out.

NYX Glitter Cream Pallet