Monday, July 6, 2015

5 SUMMER BEAUTY MUST-HAVES YOU CAN’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT



Summer is in full swing and whether you’re vacationing on the beach, lounging by the pool or having some fun in the sun at your local amusement park, these beauty essentials will help keep you looking fabulous as the weather heats up this summer.

Sunscreen
The first line of defense is to protect your face and body from the damaging rays of the sun. And what could be easier than sun protection you can spray on? These eco-friendly clear sunscreen sprays from Coola ($24-36) are available in SPF 15, 30 and 50. They're 70% organic and will nourish and hydrate your skin with ingredients like Cucumber Algae and Red Raspberry Seed Oil. Their new Makeup Setting Spray has an SPF 30 as well as Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea and Aloe to protect your face, set your makeup and help keep it looking fresh in even the most humid conditions. Just spritz and go!



Bronzer
Your summer makeup wardrobe is not complete unless it includes a great bronzer to help warm that summer complexion. Trista Minerals by Vita Liberata ($45) is the first of its kind self-tanning mineral powder. It interacts with your moisturizer and gives you a radiant, bronzey glow while the color develops underneath. Comes with a silky kabuki brush for easy application. Can you say semi-permanent contour?


Blotting Papers
Perfect for the summertime these little gems instantly soak up sweat and excess oils from your face and are small enough to carry in your pocket or purse. My favorite: Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets (about $5) Press onto the oily areas of your face and get rid of the shine without disturbing your makeup.


A Vibrant Lip Color
A pop of color on the lips compliments any summer outfit and can give life to an otherwise ordinary face. From sheer and glossy to intense matte now’s the time to think outside of the box. An easy option: Bobbi Brown Art Stick ($28) a lip pencil that multi-tasks as a lipstick. Formulated with Shea Butter and emollients guaranteed to soothe dry summer lips, its creamy matte finish will also leave your pout perfectly plumped...try saying that 3 times fast!

A Great Body Exfoliant
Heat, sand and wind can wreak havoc on our body skin, and who wants flakey skin upstaging their swimsuit? Exfoliate at least twice a week to maintain smooth and radiant body skin.  One to try: Wish Three Wishes Sugar Scrub ($38). With a unique combination of sugars and anti-oxidents, shea butter, aloe and Organic Beeswax (instead of greasy oils) this scrub is tough enough to kick dead skin to the curb and restore its soft and smooth texture. And no more slipping in the shower!
 

Add these products to your beauty routine and you'll look extra HOT this summer!




Monday, June 8, 2015

IS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE READY FOR SUMMER?



Summer is always a challenging time to keep your makeup looking fresh and clean. Luckily, there are so many products out there chock full of polymers to increase their wearibility and help prevent makeup meltdown--and they’re perfectly safe according to the experts. Here are some tips and must-have products to help you beat the heat this summer.

Start With Hydrated Skin
If your skin is dry and dehydrated it can actually absorb the moisture from your makeup causing it to fade away and disappear. Be sure to prep your skin with a great moisturizer and sunscreen designed for your skin type. If you need a quick boost try Patchology hydrate FlashMasque Facial Sheets ($50 for 8/$6.25ea) and Flash Patch Eye Gels ($50 for 30/$1.67ea). These will hydrate thirsty skin in 5 minutes with hyaluronics to bind moisture and plump fine lines, Aginine to encourage collagen production and Betaine to promote long-lasting hydration. With this 1-2 punch you can kiss blotchy makeup and cakey concealer goodbye.


Mattify Don’t Over-Dry
Blot papers and powders are fine for absorbing excess oil and sweat but do this all day long and you’ll end up with a “cake face”.  Did you know that most makeup primers can also be used to touch up over makeup throughout the day? One of my favs: E.L.F. Studio HD Mattifying Balm ($6). For use both under and over makeup it contains vitamin E, jojoba and almond oils. And its clear texture
ELF Mattifying Balm
makes it invisible on the skin. This balm is the bomb!
Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow

Use “Water-Friendly” Eye Color
Waterproof and water-resistant eye colors are a summer beauty’s best friend. Cream eye shadow can be applied easily using a brush or your fingers, and stays put even under water. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow ($26) comes in a variety of colors and finishes from matte to shimmer and give the eyelids a smooth appearance.
 If you like eyeliner Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner ($19) is highly pigmented and fade-resistant. It holds up under the most extreme conditions and is so creamy you can smudge it and wear it as a shadow. And your mascara doesn’t have to be waterproof to last. Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Mascara ($26) can be worn up to 10 hours and provides maximum length and volume to extend lashes without flaking.

Don’t forget, long wearing eye makeup requires effective removal. Skip the wipes and opt for an eye makeup remover designed to break down those waxes, polymers and solvents that help block out water and perspiration. One of my favorites: Laura Mercier Dual-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($22). Its oil-free and quickly dissolves waterproof and long-wearing eye color.


Cream Wears Best on Cheeks and Lips
Cream products hold up well on clammy summer skin, and if you can find one that multi-tasks that’s even better. The Multiple Stick by Nars ($39) highlights, sculpts and warms the cheeks, lips, eyes and body and Vapour Beauty’s Aura Multi-Use Blush ($36) Not only works on cheeks, lips and eyes but is also 70% organic to help you look hot without all the harsh chemicals. On lips, skip the gloss and stick with creamy or matte textures. One to try Lancome Le Lipstique ($25) lip coloring stick with brush attached that glides on, stays put and can be worn alone or under your favorite lip color.

                          
Set It and Forget It
You can help extend the wear of your look all day long by using a makeup setting spray. Dior Airflash Matte Touch ($50) has Kaolin clay to eliminate shine and leave a velvety matte finish, and Kat Von D’s Lock ‘N Load Setting Mist ($21) will lock down your look for up to 16 hours. One quick spritz of these after you’re done applying color will keep your makeup in place for hours.


 Follow these simple guidelines and you’re sure to look hot this summer!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

OSCAR BEAUTY: The Best Looks on the Red Carpet

As usual, the Academy Awards this past weekend was full of gorgeous gowns and amazing makeup and hair. There seemed to be one over-whelming beauty trend on the red carpet--minimal is best.  Naturally nude faces, radiant skin and lived-in hair styles were the order of the night. Many of the  looks this year surprisingly can readily translate into styles we can duplicate on a regular basis. Here are some of the stand-out beauty trends you'll love so much you may want to try them for yourself.

The Long Bob

The long layered bob (dubbed the "lob) accented with beachy waves on Naomi Watts, loose curls complete with headband on Keira Knightly, and straight and glossy on Kerry Washington looked classy but not overdone. 




Jennifer Aniston

Neutral Face Palette
Gina Rodriguez
Natural and nearly nude color palettes complemented the gorgeously ornate gowns on the red carpet. There were fifty shades of beige...and brown...on the eyes and flushed tones on the lips and cheeks. Impeccably groomed brows were a given. To get the look try The Naked eyeshadow palettes by Urban Decay ($49)
below (l-r) Jessica Chastain, Chloe Grace Moretz, Rita Ora


Bold and Vibrant Lips
Margo Robbie
 From vampy to vivacious it was all about the pout. Shades of berry and deep wine, or classic coral and matte red kicked up the glam factor on an otherwise neutral face. Lush lashes coupled with black, smokey eye liner created the perfect accent for a fierce face.  Try Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick 456-Erik ($36) for a sultry, vampy look and MAC Ruby Woo ($14) is a great universal matte red.
Chrissy Teigen
Viola Davis

Carmen Ejogo
 For a smouldering look on the eyes Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal eyeliner in Blackened Black ($23) on the waterline and smudged above and below the lash line creates that smokey drama.
Lady GaGa
Emma Stone




















Solange Knowles













Casual Hair Don't Care

Whether it was the dampness in the air or the influence of the models on the runway at New York Fashion Week, this year celebrities favored ponytails and messy buns over up-do's and defined curls. J-Lo killed it in this high ponytail and nude-pink makeup palette, and newcomer Dakota Johnson looked fresh and modern in this easy ponytail and fringe bangs.


Both Anna Kendrick and Best Actress winner Patricia Arquette went with intense black eyeliner, a bun and soft coral lips. Get this look with E.L.F Studio Mineral Lipstick in Cool Coral ($5)
  


Sienna Miller and Best Actress nominee Rosamund Pike opted for the "no hair" look with their tresses pulled completely off of the face, a slightly sculpted cheek bone and strong brow. Layer your cheek color using Bobbi Brown Blush Palette ($45) a trio you can layer that includes a neutral, bright and shimmer tone all in one compact.



I Woke Up Like This
Radiant and glowing skin is a must for everyone who walks the red carpet and this year was no exception. The makeup palette was natural and flawless with hints of shimmer and the hair styled almost as an after-thought. With a center or side part, loosely curled or sleekly shined and tucked behind the ears this is definitely the hair "of the moment".  Get that pop of shimmer on your eyes with Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow Palettes ($50)

Zoe Saldana

 ReeseWitherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, America Ferrer



Lupita Nyongo

Check out your favorite Oscar look and imagine what you can do using the tools you have in your makeup bag. Who knows..you may even surprise yourself!

Stay Beautiful!









Sunday, November 23, 2014

RULES FOR MIXING AND MATCHING YOUR HOLIDAY MAKEUP



      Hello beauties!

    With the glitz and glam of the holiday season getting closer and closer I wanted to post some tips to help you pull your look together.  I know we can all be tempted to get a little "cray cray" at the makeup counter with all of the holiday color collections. So just remember to keep these basic rules in mind when combining your colors so you can give great face this holiday season.

      Stay Beautiful!
     
 
1.      PICK A FEATURE
There is a “no competition” clause for your face when it comes to makeup. Your makeup should be enhance your natural features and not be distracting on your face.  A smokey or vibrant eye shadow paired with a subtle lip or a bright intense lip color matched with a more neutral eye most always looks best.

2.      USE BRONZER WITH BLUSH NOT AS  BLUSH
Place your bronzer in the hollows of the cheeks, on your jaw line and at your hair line, then add a “pop” of blush color to the apples of your cheeks. Because no one blushes bronze

3.      EYE SHADOWS SHOULD ALL BE THE SAME UNDERTONE
When you’re combining colors make sure to use either all warm or all cool shades together. They’ll blend well and not fight with each other. Finish your look with eye liner.

4.      DON’T POWDER OVER CONTOURS AND HIGHLIGHTS
Apply your complexion color and/or powder first then highlight and contour. Match your foundation and powder to your actual skin tone not the color you would like to be.
And always start with a clean, fresh face.

5.      LIPS AND CHEEKS SHOULD BE IN THE SAME COLOR FAMILY
Pink, plum, brown, red or coral lips should have the same kind of color on the cheeks.

6.      ADD LIP LINER TO DEFINE AND PREVENT BLEEDING
Define and give shape to your mouth by applying lip liner. Blend it with your lip color so it doesn’t look obvious. If you’re going for the ambre look, lip liner should be no more than 1 shade deeper than the lip color you’re using.

7.      ONLY USE GLITTER TO ACCENT
A glitter eye shadow, eye liner or shimmery face powder is a nice touch but not all at the same time or everywhere on the face. Pick one feature and enhance with glitter there (see rule #1). Besides, you don’t want to be mistaken for a disco ball!

8.      BROWS SHOULD LOOK NATURAL NOT THEATRICAL
Your eyebrows should never resemble a Nike swoosh. Make them fuller using a pencil, powder or gel but stay away from black as it can look too severe. Opt for dark brown instead. Don’t over-tweeze or draw your arch in too high or you’ll have a surprised look all day.

9.      DON’T FORGET YOUR LASHES
Add a few coats of lash primer and mascara. Start at the root of the lashes and coat all the way to the ends to prevent clumping. Everyone should use mascara in black unless your lashes are completely blonde, then use brown. This is definitely the season for falsies.

10.   WEAR IT WITH CONFIDENCE
Add a bright smile and self-assured attitude to the mix and you’re ready to take on the world