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Valentine’s Makeup Look: Pink Lips and Flirty Eyes

12.2.15

Too Faced MELTED LIQUIFIED LONG WEAR LIPSTICK in Velvet, Too Faced Natural Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

I know it’s a “Hallmark Holiday”, but Valentine’s Day ranks right under Christmas as one of my favorite holidays. The cold weather might keep us in (the coldest it’s been since the 1800s on Sunday??), but this look might be steamy enough to get me out the house. I love pairing a bold, but pretty lip with soft and flirty eyes. Here’s a breakdown of products:

Valentine's Makeup

From l. to r.:

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Melted Velvet

Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Black Ink

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Radiant Magenta

Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW™ Pomade Dark Brown

*Also not pictured Lena Lashes Mink/Fox blend in Celeste

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.

Evening Glam Using TEMPTU Airbrush Signature Starter Kit!

21.10.14

Temptu, airbrush

 

So if you have ever been curious about how celebrities still manage to look flawless on HDTV, airbrush makeup is your answer. What is airbrush makeup? It’s basically makeup that is sprayed onto the skin using an airbrush gun. When done correctly, it creates a flawless canvas and makeup that lasts all day.

So obviously I was excited to try the TEMPTU Signature Starter Kit for their #TEMPTUDaynNight campaign!  TEMPTU  has been making faces flawless with airbrush since the 80s!  I’ve had the kit for a few weeks now and absolutely love it.

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You get bang for your buck with the Starter Kit. In the Starter Kit, you get:

  • AIRbrush Makeup System 2.0
  • Your choice of of AIRpod™ Foundation, Blush, and Highlighter. I picked out the following colors:
    • AIRpod foundation in Honey 008 (perfect match!)
    • AIRpod blush in Washed Rose
    • AIRpod highlighter in Champagne
  • A convenient travel bag
  • 3 pod stand

Since it’s still wedding season, it was the perfect time to test out an evening glam look using the TEMPTU Signature Starter Kit. I need my makeup to last from ceremony to cake!

Assembling the system is easy.  With a shake and a click of the AIRpod foundation, blush or highlighter into the AIRbrush, you’re ready to go!

For this night time look, I’m wearing a dress with in a bright fuchsia color  so I wanted natural, yet dramatic look. I did my eyes first, using a pretty shimmery peach in the inner corner of they eye and 3 different shades of brown, with the deepest being in outer eye. False eyelashes, of course, finished off this soft glam look.

 

 

TEMPTU, airbrush makeup, Honey 008, Washed Rose

Foundation application with TEMPTU is simple, and with a few tries, I had it down pat. You want to hold your AIRbrush like you are holding a pencil, about 6 inches away while pressing on the lever about half way. To make sure you have even coverage, work the AIRbrush in small circular motions.  You can’t even tell its going on except for air coming out of the AIRbrush. I like to apply a light application and then go over the areas I think need a little more help. Before moving on to the next step. I stop and let my foundation set for a minute.

I picked Honey 008 foundation from TEMPTU’s webpage and it matched perfectly (I’m usually always a “honey” or “golden”!). If you have any hesitation about what shade you are, their customer service can help you pick the perfect shade.

TEMPTU, airbrush makeup, blush, washed rose

Applying blush is the same as applying the foundation, just concentrated in a smaller area. I found it helpful to press the lever a little more than half way for more product. I’m using Washed Rose, a pretty flush of pink.

TEMPTU, airbrush makeup, highlighter, Champagne

Lastly, I applied my highlighter, in Champagne for that luminous glow!

A beige lipgloss to finish the look and I’m ready the night! The below photo is completely un-edited or re-touched.

TEMPTU, airbrush, #TEMPTUDaynNight

A closer look at the eye makeup:

TEMPTU, Airbrush makeup, Signature Starter Kit

 

Ok, so here are some helpful FAQs:

  • Does the makeup spray all over the place?

Nope. The folks over at TEMPTU nailed it the the AIRbrush. The makeup went directly on my face. Not a drop anywhere else.

  • Does it looked caked on?

NO! If you follow TEMPTU’s easy directions on how to apply  the makeup, your skin looks like skin. Just flawless. It doesn’t settle in pores or fine lines either!

  • Does it last all day?

Yes! 8 hours in my makeup still looked great.

  • Is any cleaning needed after?

No! No cleaning is necessary.

 

In short, this is a great investment for anyone that ever has a special event or even if they want flawless day-to-day makeup! If you like this look, vote for me or your favorite #TEMPTUDaynNight look here

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