Creating wavy hair just got easier with these 3 products

26.1.15

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If you follow my blog posts on Philly.com, I talked last week about Dove’s new ‘Love Your Curls’ campaign. I do love my curls, but I’m not ready to throw out my blow dryer just yet. Lately, I’ve been into subtle waves and discovered some great products that really work for this look.

1. Before blow drying I’ve been loving Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight. It’s a creme that’s applied to wet hair before blow drying that helps straighten your hair and curls get looser after continued use.  It definitely helps in an easier, smoother, and straighter blowout!

2. I also apply Kerastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil on my hair before blow drying for softness and shine!

3. Once hair is dry and curled, I use Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to add volume and texture

beauty waves, products for beachy hair waves,  kerastaste ellixir ultime, aveda smooth infusion naturally straight, oribe dry texturizing spray

 

TIP: To keep the style for a few days, I sleep with my hair in a top knot!

My 5 Minute Makeup Face

21.1.15

work makeup look, everyday makeup look

My everyday makeup look–NARS Tinted Moisturizer, canceler, bronzer, pop of color on the cheeks and basic eyes

 

Sike. No such thing for me as a 5 minute face. I’ve tried. And it’s usually followed up by a well meaning co-worker asking me if I’m sick or if Rocco kept me up all night. And frankly, who’s going to take beauty advice from someone who looks “haggardly” (<–got that word from my MIL…hey Bonnie!).

So my most basic face takes about 20 minutes (this doesn’t include skin routine), which is a lot different from the full out glam I usually do for the blog. Like I told my friend Jenna (who’s allergic to makeup M-F), I promise one day I will figure out the perfect 5 minute face and post about it. But for now, set the alarm 15 min earlier for a polished everyday makeup look.

Face

Step 1: Prep skin and eyelids with a makeup primer. I have oily skin, so if I want my makeup to last all day, this is a must. I alternate between Hourglass Veil Mineral Makeup Primer or Smashbox Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer. (Not pictured is my eye primer- MAC Ochre Paint Pot)

Smashbox Pore Minimizing

Step 2: Depending on what I’m doing that day, I apply either a tinted moisturizer for days when I don’t want a lot of coverage or foundation for more coverage. My favorite TM is NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (in shade Cuba) and my favorite foundation right now is Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (shade 153 Golden Honey).

NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

Step 3: Conceal. I love my NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer (shade Custard). It not only conceals but brightens and highlights the area.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concelear

Step 4: Set with loose powder.

NYX Mineral Matte Finishing Powder

Step 5: Bronzer. Your face looks “flat” with just one wash of color on it. I like to add some depth with a sweep of bronzer on forehead, cheekbones, and jaw.  Sometimes I add a pop of blush on the apples of cheeks for color. Gueralin Terracotta (shade 8) is my absolutely favorite bronzer–no orange tones, smells great, and lasts forever.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Eyes

Step 6:  This is the part that takes me the most time because not only do I have hooded eyes, but I also have a prominent lid, so my features tend to get lost without shadow, mascara and liner. My day to day shadow is from the below custom palette from Bobbi Brown. The first shade, Banana, goes all over the lid and the last shade Velvet Plum goes from lash line to brow bone (I almost never use the middle pink shade).

I line my eyes using Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Liner in Black Ink. It’s the only liner that doesn’t end up sliding off during the day.

I fill in my brows using Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Dark Brown.

Lastly, I curl my lashes and use L’Oreal Voluminous mascara in Black.

Bobbi Brown Banana, Velvet Plum

 

There you have it. Hopefully, you won’t have to stop to put on Paw Patrol, change 2 poopy diapers, and put sneakers on a toddler ninja, while putting on your 20 minute face, thus turning it in to a 40 minute face.

NARS Kicks Off 2015 With the NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

14.1.15

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette, MAC Peachstock, Renee DeSantis, Philly Beauty Blogger, Beauty Blogger

I used Alabaster in the inner corner, Himalia on the lid, Ursa Major in the crease, and Subra in the outer corner

 

The eyeshadow palette game is vicious and competitive. NARS set the bar high early this year with their new NARSissit Dual-Intensity eyeshadow palette. I’ve been eyeing the Dual-Intensity eyeshadows for some time, but couldn’t decide on what color to buy (I could just hear my husband saying something about saving money, blah, blah), so this palette was the perfect opportunity to test out 8 shades.

NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette, Review

The cover of the palette is a mirror–such a simple idea, but brilliant.

 

NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette, Review

from l. to r. Europa – Gossamer Pink Peach, Himalia -Shimmering Topaz, Ursa Major – Chocolate Glaze Subra – Black Orchid, Andromeda – Alabaster, Lysithea – Shark Grey, Giove – Navy, Sycorax – Black

 

The shadows can be used wet or dry. The lighter colors I wasn’t thrilled with at first until I used them with a wet brush.  O.M.G. The pigment was absolutely amazing and the sheen was so pretty. The colors were easy to blend out as well.

It’s an amazing value for $79 (includes wet/dry brush).

4 Products to Warm Up Your Makeup This Winter

12.1.15

Renee DeSantis, Beauty Blogger, Philly blogger, Philly Beauty Blogger, Jersey Beauty Blogger, NARS Taos, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Opal, MAC

I’ve been feeling somewhat blah lately. It could be post holiday blues, the ridiculously cold weather, a cranky toddler, or lack of sleep caused by the aforementioned cranky toddler. Whatever the cause is, I needed a solution to it ASAP.

Since makeup solves all world problems, I created a soft, warm makeup look using some new products I acquired recently.

P.S. I’m loving how my hair color is growing out! This is color I got done in July!

NARS Taos, Tom Ford Pink Dusk, MAC Warm Neutral Palette

Renee DeSantis, Beauty Blogger, Philly blogger, Philly Beauty Blogger, Jersey Beauty Blogger, Tom Ford Pink Dusk, NARS Taos, Becca Opal

Here’s a list of the main products used here:

NARS Taos, Tom Ford Pink Dusk, MAC Warm Neutral Palette

from l. to r.: Tom Ford Pink Dusk lipstick, Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal, MAC Cosmetics Warm Neutral Eyeshadow Palette, NARS Taos blush

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