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PRODUCT REVIEW: MY NEW FAVORITE MASCARA!

3 Aug

I’d like to introduce you lovely ladies (& men) to my new favorite mascara…

If you remember I’ve done a few mascara posts siting such mascaras as Covergirl Lash Blast & Dior Iconic among other…BUT I’m now obsessed.. I repeat OBSESSED… with this new mascara.

Nuetrogena  Healthy Lengths Mascara – $7.49

This mascara does NOT clump at all, builds amazing, clean length, & comes off easily with any type of face wash (no makeup remover necessary although it is also formulated in a waterproof version as well.).







































I received an amazing package from Neutrogena & absolutely loved everything in it, but this was by far my favorite item. More reviews on Neutrona products are to come.

 

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MY HIT LIST: BARE ESCENTUALS!

19 Apr

Hi Everyone! I haven’t used a ton of Bare Escentuals yet, but I tried one of their powders once & I loved it. One of my best friends from home (Maine) swears by Bare Escentuals & I’ve been meaning to try their products. This is going to give me the push & I’ll be sure to let everyone know my honest (as always) opinion about the products I try.

Disclaimer: This is a great product for the melanin-challenged – faux tan info below! I am not personally melanin- challenged, but this may even give me a little extra glow.

Here’s some more information:

The new Bare Escentuals Beautifully Bronzed Deluxe Two-Piece Collection  $54.00 is scheduled to debut on QVC Thursday, April 21
 




The brand creates formulas from pure ingredients, and has recently created a power packed faux tan that not only delivers a natural and healthy-looking tan but also moisturizes and hydrates the skin with aloe vera and emollients. This summer must-have features a deluxe 16-ounce size and a new Deluxe Tan Brush that makes application seamless and streak-free, with no messy, post-tan clean up!
 
Bare Escentuals Beautifully Bronzed Deluxe Two-Piece Collection will be available on QVC beginning Thursday, April 21 at Midnight (ET) and on QVC.com, while supplies last.

How to use:

  1. Before applying Faux Tan Sunless Tanner, prep skin first. While showering, exfoliate skin carefully to provide the smoothest surface to glide sunless tanner over.
  2. Using the Deluxe Tan Brush, apply Faux Tan Sunless Tanner to dry skin. Use quick strokes to buff all over the body using a cross hatch or circular motion, being sure to smooth away any edges.
  3. Because the color is visible during application, don’t worry about any embarrassing goofs like rings around the ankles, elbows and knees. Just be sure to buff more lightly over these crease-prone areas.
     
    Tip: Make sure to rinse the brush after each use. This will keep the brush in the best shape for future faux-tanning. You know I’m crazy about my brush cleaning!

GORGEOUS FUCHSIA LIPS

13 Apr

I love this makeup look on Kim Kardashian. Fuchsia lips are such a statement & can dress up a casual outfit.

 

Try NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Funny Face $24.00 (below) to achieve the look. Top the lipstick with a matching gloss or a lipgloss with a gold tinted lipgloss.

PRODUCT REVIEW: NARS OBSESSION

21 Mar

I absolutely love NARS. Here are some product reviews:

1. NARS Blush and Bronzing Duo in Hungry Heat $39/$40 – A great bronze/blush duo for lighter complexions. You can mix the colors together or use them separately.

TIP: I use a nice angled brush like MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush

2. NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Terre De Feu $25.00 – This is a color I purchased he other day & I love it. It’s still not the perfect red I’m looking for, but I’m getting warm!

TIP: I put on a light coat of lip balm & put on a lip pencil that matches my lip color or the color of the lipstick. This gives the lipstick a longer staying power.

3. NARS Blush & Bronzer Duo in Sin/Casino $39/$40 – I purchased this color recently & I LOVE IT! My new favorite blush is the Sin color. Great for olive to deep complexions looking for a warm natural flushed color. The bronzer is great & easy to layer on.

4. NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok $25.00 – A great color for fair & light complexions, or a deeper complexion looking for a pale, matte lip.

I hope some of you will try these products. They’re great & go on so naturally. It’s important to buy good brushes to apply the color the best way. I rely on MAC’s brushes – they’ve never failed me. Good brushes make such a difference in product appearance.

BEAUTY TIP: UNDEREYE CONCEALER & EYE CREAM

15 Mar

I am not one who usually uses undereye creams, but I recently visited the Dermologica Academy to pick up some product. (I made a post about my trip a couple of weeks ago. Click here to check it out! )

The man who was helping me gave me a couple of samples of Dermologica undereye cream. After trying the samples, I noticed how moisturized my undereyes felt & looked, & how much easier my undereye concealer went on.

I want to purchase an undereye cream even though I don’t have any fine lines or wrinkles yet. It’s important to note that the point of an undereye cream is to PREVENT wrinkles from forming before they happen. It’s much easier to PREVENT than try to REVERSE later. Even if you’re only 20, it’s a good idea to purchase an undereye cream. Undereye skin is extremely thin, so it’s easy to see dark circles & discoloration.

I’m going to try Clinique’s All About Eyes Rich $29.00. I will be sure to give you all a detailed review on this product ASAP!

Clinique All About Eyes Rich
















Speaking of undereye cream, it’s important to note how much easier it makes concealer go on. That brings me to my favorite undereye concealer. If you know me, you know my favorite conclear is:


BOBBI BROWN CREAMY CONCEALER $22.00

This stuff is magic. Don’t take my word for it, just go try it. I love it!

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer




















To Apply:
  • Wash face & apply undereye cream with ring finger, gently patting the product to increase absorption
  • Allow the undereye cream to absorb for a couple of minutes
  • Using your ring finger, dip it in the creamy concealer pot & pat onto the undereye area out to the outer corners of the eyes. Gently blend with your ring finger

TIP:

  • Use your ring finger because it is the most gentle on your thin undereye skin
  • Warm up the concealer between your hands before applying. A warm concealre will go on even smoother
  • You can use a concealer brush to apply. I like my finger because the heat of my skin warms the product for a smoother application

BEAUTY TIP: CLEAN BRUSHES

14 Mar

Happy Monday (or not so happy if you’re like 90% of the world)!

I’m enjoying getting back into the blogging flow. I’ve missed sharing my thoughts. I think it took a change in seasons + a full-time paycheck + access to better designing programs to get me back in full blogging gear. I think I’m here to stay!

One thing I can admit about myself is that I’m messy. I will own that. I define messy. Someone once told me some of the most creative people are also the messiest. I like that explanation, so I’ll blame my messiness on my creativity.

Although I’m messy, there’s a big difference between being messy & being dirty – I’m not dirty… I’m messy. Did I mention I’m messy? I always have a million things to do (40+ hour work week + pretending to work out + dinner with friends + full-time girlfriend duty + family functions) so when I’m home I tend to try on a million different outfits & half of them end up on the floor. I’m working on it. But one place where I detest mess… is on my makeup brushes…

I HATE – I repeat HATE – dirty makeup brushes. I’m pretty sure one of my friends (she will remain nameless) never washes her makeup brushes. Whenever I see them it looks like they haven’t been washed in years & it looks like she mixed 5 colors on the brush without washing it in between. Ew.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to wash your makeup brushes. Why? Because:

  1. Brushes hold bacteria & oil, & can cause less than pretty skin if not frequently washed
  2. You will get better coverage & more exact color results with clean brushes

I’m not sure what scientific research has quoted as the correct amount of time to go between brush washes, but I like to give my brushes a quick bacteria- killing swirl every other weekend. If I’m on-site doing makeup I’ll use MAC Brush Cleaner $12.00 ( picture below) to quickly wash off the brushes before using a new color. I use Ivory Soap when I’m cleaning my brushes on the weekend (you can use any mild cleansar, but make sure it’s something fragarance free).

1. MAC Brush Cleaner 2. MAC 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush

Cleaning Process

  • Wet brushes with warm water
  • Swirl brush on the bar of soap to get a good lather
  • Rinse under warm water until the water runs clear
  • Clean the brush again by swirling on the bar of soap
  • Rinse under warm water until the water runs clear
  • Repeat if necessary
  • Lay brushes on a paper towel on a flat surface & allow them to dry overnight
  • Dense brushes may take longer to dry

TIP: Don’t use a brush unless it’s 100% dry – it will streak your makeup

WHEN BEING MATCHY MATCHY WORKS

11 Mar

Remember the other day when I posted about never matching eyeshadow to what you’re wearing? Click here to see the post.

Here’s an example of when it DOES work:

















She looks gorgeous. I am a fan of taking the hue of the outfit you are wearing & changing it a little for the eyeshadow – or lipstick – to make a cohesive look. I also think this look works with neutral & deep colors (think navy, gray, brown, cream etc.). In my opinion, matching your eyeshadow EXACTLY to a bright or colorful outfit remains corny.