Welcome to the Cosmetics Junkie™ Blog.
My name is Kevin James Bennett and I’m a cosmetics junkie™.
Playing with products is my addiction… rehab is not an option.
Here you’ll find cosmetics news, product reviews, tutorials and makeup advice.


Makeup History – Origins of Lip Color

Makeup history sometimes reveals rather provocative information, like Mother Nature’s part in the origins of lip color. Are you intrigued yet? Mother Nature decided that part of the mating process of many creatures (including humans) should include the “enhancement” of lip color. Who could have guessed we would create a multi-billion dollar global industry based […]

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North America Leads Prestige Beauty Sales In 2014

North American prestige beauty sales grew 5% in 2014, driven by the makeup category. North America drove global sales of prestige beauty products in 2014. Sales grew by 5 per cent in Canada, 3 per cent in the U.S.A. and 2 per cent in Mexico, while Western Europe was lagging behind (-1 per cent in […]

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Quick History Of Makeup

A Quick History Of Makeup

Throughout history, makeup has been used for everything from ceremonial rituals to beauty adornment…and a few other rather interesting reasons. I thought it would be fun to look back into makeup history and uncover the origins of some of our favorite beauty practices. In ancient Egypt, liquid eyeliner (Kohl) was not only used as a […]

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Touch-Up Tips

Makeup 101- Touch-Up Tips

Sometimes your makeup needs to go from faded to fabulous…FAST. These touch-up tips will help you pull it off flawlessly. Even the most carefully applied, longest lasting makeup will inevitably crumble by the end of a long work day. Reviving that “freshly applied” look you began the day with calls for some foolproof touch-up tips. So […]

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Red Lip Reboot

Red Lips – A 21st Century Reboot

What never goes out of style? RED LIPS! They’re like your favorite little black dress, a timeless classic  – and this classic is getting a 21st century reboot. Red lips have been reimagined and rebooted into a myriad of tones and finishes.  From sheer to matte, deep rich berry to juicy tomato, there are reds to […]

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Negotiation 101

Negotiation 101 for Hair, Makeup & Stylists

NEGOTIATION 101: The basic information needed to get the rates you deserve for paid jobs when you decide to make hair, makeup or wardrobe styling your business (and a primary source of income). The most effective way to determine the rates you should be negotiating with takes research and a little math. First thing to do […]

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Tubing Mascara

Mascara Evolution – Tubing

Mascara is one of the most basic steps in any beauty makeup application.  Let’s talk about its evolution and the technology behind tubing mascara. Many makeup artists (including myself) advise, if you’re not wearing any other makeup, at least wear mascara. Problem is, a lot of standard mascaras smudge or flake, leaving nasty black circles […]

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Pantone Fashion Color - Spring2015

Pantone Color Report – Spring 2015

The Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2015 is an eclectic, ethereal mix of understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals. For Spring 2015 there is a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum. Many feel compelled to be connected around the clock because we are afraid we’ll miss something important. There is […]

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Makeup Myths - Part 1

Makeup Myths

The internet and social media give us access to lots of information.  Problem is, lots of it is mis-information.  It’s time to separate fact from fiction and address some common makeup myths. How many times have I heard someone offer a makeup tip that caused me to blurt out an astonished, “WHAT!?!” – followed by an […]

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DIY Beauty Solutions 2

DIY Beauty Solutions – Part 2

Can’t spend the day or the dollars ($$$) at a spa but crave a beauty treatment? I have a “honey” of a DIY beauty solution that will sweeten your day!   Throughout the centuries, legendary beauties have used honey as part of their skin and hair care treatments. Cleopatra was famous for her milk and […]

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DIY Beauty Solutions Part 1

DIY Beauty Solutions – Part 1

Beauty basics do not have to break the bank. As a matter of fact, you can DIY (do it yourself) many solutions to basic beauty needs. Hydrating & Exfoliating Face Mask Cosmetic quandary: Your skin is dull, dehydrated and the texture looks kind of rough.  Unfortunately there’s no extra cash in the cookie jar to […]

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CVS Makeup Academy MUA

Makeup Academy (MUA) Cosmetics

CVS Pharmacy is diving into the masstige cosmetics market head first. In early August, the retailer will begin to roll out its a proprietary cosmetics line, called Makeup Academy (MUA) to the US market. The line has been available for a few years in the UK through the Superdrug chain. “We saw a gap between […]

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Hypoallergenic Cosmetic Myth

Cosmetic Myth – Hypoallergenic Products

It’s time to blow the whistle on another cosmetic myth – the term HYPOALLERGENIC. Want to know what it really means when a cosmetic product makes a claim of being hypoallergenic?  In a word – BULLSH*T. The term did not originate from medical or even dermatologic science.  The cosmetic industry coined the word “hypoallergenic” so it could […]

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