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Spring into New Eyelid Primers!!

25.3.13

 

 

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Spring is officially here! (Well depending on where you are). I love this time a year when you clean out your closets and your makeup kit to make room for new stuff. Primers are a must have in your kit. There’s no way around it. Here are 3 of my favorites you should try.

1. Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion Tube – Original :  A sheer nude eye shadow primer that  glides onto the skin. This primer disappears instantly and is the ultimate eye prep for smoother, more vibrant shadow and all-day wear with absolutely no creasing.  This squeeze tube is limited to sephora only. {Retail $20}

 

2. Benefit-Stay Don’t Stray: This dual-action primer works 360 degrees around the eyes to make concealers and eye shadows  stay put. Concealers and eye shadows stay vibrant and true, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!  Its  lightweight, blendable  and brightens eye area to minimize the appearance of fine lines, and comes in a universally flattering nude shade.
Hydrates with sodium hyaluronate to lock in moisture, fights signs of aging with vitamins C & E, and does not contain parabens.
It’s long-wearing to keep makeup looking fresh, locks on ALL concealers & eye shadows and prevents creasing of eye makeup. { Retail $26)

3. Too Faced Shadow Insurance: This is your full-coverage insurance policy against all fading, creasing, melting, blurring, oil slicked, and hard-to-blend eye shadow accidents. Our silicone based eye shadow primer transforms any eyeshadow into a perfectly blendable, color-drenched, intensified version of itself, then locks it down perfectly until you take it off. This soothing formula evens out the skintone on your lids and smoothes lines while securing a barrier between the oils of your skin and your makeup, so no shadow catastrophes will ever happen again.

What it is formulated without:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
{Retail $20}

Would love to hear so feedback after you try them!!

Author: Danielle Minnella www.danielleminnella.com

Products of the Week 3.9.13

10.3.13

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When compiling my group of products this week, I wanted to get outside the box a bit. We’ve covered eye creams, concealers, etc and they are fantastic, but today I want to show you some products that aren’t at your standard department store counter.

 

 

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1. Make Up For Ever Aquarelle ($21 at Sephora.com).

This product is incredibly versatile. It is a liquid that can be used in a plethora of ways. I use it in my airbrush gun (for those fellow MUAs), I have used it straight out of the bottle with a liner brush, it can be used as eye shadow, etc. My recommendation: chose one of the lighter (or brighter!) colors and using your ring finger, dip your finger on the lid of the bottle and pat the color all over your lid, blending well. (Note: a LITTLE goes a LONG way, so start with a tiny amount). Then, using a liner brush, apply the black along the lash line to create a perfect winged cat eye. The color will last all day without touch ups!

 

 

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2. Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in # 13- Warm Beige ($23 at Sephora.com).

The Aqua Creams from MUFE are one of the longest lasting products I have found to date. I keep this shade (#13) in my kit and use it as a highlighter for the entire face. My recommendation: Dip your ring finger into the cream and apply it to the top of your cheekbones, your inner corners of your eyes, brow bones, cupids peek (the top, middle of your top lip), and collar bones. The effect cannot be seen when looking straight at the face when close up, but when the light hits those places, it bounces off and you have the appearance of glowing skin. I use this on ALL my brides and often in photo shoots. The glow that is created is simply gorgeous.

 

 

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3. MAC #217 Blending Brush ($23 at MacCosmetics.com).

When applying eye shadow the the crease, it is so important to blend blend blend. If you do no blend properly, you have a dark, crisp line just above your brow bone that looks messy. The solution? This brush! I do not use a lot of MAC products and tend to favor Make Up For Ever products, but when browsing my local MAC store, I cam across this brush and could not pass it up. My recommendation: Apply you contoured eye look as usual (lighter color on the lids, darker color in the crease, etc). When you have applied all your colors, use this brush (clean, with no product on it) and using a firm hand, blend all the lines until they are buffed to perfection. You will find many uses for this brush, but this is my favorite!

 

 

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4. Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation SPF 15 ($65 at SpaceNK.com).

I am completely in love with the entire Ellis Faas line- the performance, the pigmentation, the presentation, the storage, etc. I love it! One product I absolutely cannot live without is the foundation pen. Now let me preface with $65 is quite a bit of money for foundation, but you do get a refill with it. So it ends up being twice as much as the pen can hold. Being that I only use the pen for under eye concealer, I have found it lasts me a very long time- months. I have used their concealer as well and I love it for blemishes and such, but there is just something about the Skin Veil Foundation that gives me the perfect coverage for my under eyes. My recommendation: pump once every two days (or two applications), drag the brush back and forth under your eyes to spread the product and then with your ring finger, blend. It melts into your skin beautifully and covers any hyper pigmentation under the eyes.

 

I hope you love these products as mush as I do! If you try them, please let us know your thoughts :)

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Treat Yourself or Someone for Valentines Day!

25.1.13

Valentines Day is approaching, whether your single or in a relationship , treat yourself to some new products to make yourself feel and look good.  I love trying new fragrances out, Here is a great gift idea for yourself or someone, or perhaps you can hint to have someone buy for you.  ;)

Fergie Viva by Avon The ultimate symbol of sexy empowerment this Valentine’s Day – Viva, the new fragrance by Fergie. Feminine, empowering, and unconventional, Viva by Fergie is a sexy contradiction of captivating cool herbs spiked with fierce lavender and intriguing vetiver. A fragrance for women who want to live life on their own terms, inspired by one of today’s most empowering women, Fergie.

Where to Find it : Avon representatives; Avon.com {Retail $ 19.99}

 

Who doesn’t want to to tighten, firm up , diminish those blemishes? well I know I do!! Check out Brazilian Peel.  This perfect peel   gives skin the jump start it needs before any Valentine’s Day date. The patented, self-neutralizing Brazilian Peel firms and tones skin (while reducing fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, and uneven skintone) all the while helping you maintain a radiant, youthful complexion.  Formulated with 30 percent glycolic acid, the nourishing antioxidant açaì, and the innovative Q-Mag Neutralizer, Brazilian Peel is the first professional-strength peel designed to deliver deeper, long-lasting results at home.

Where to Find it : Sephora.com { Retail $78.00; four applications}

 

Want hair to be glossy, flawlessly straight and smooth, and full of body for Valentine’s Day? Try out: John Frieda 3‑Day Straight™ Semi‑Permanent Styling Spray. This  Weightless spray with heat protection blocks out frizz as you straighten. Proprietary blend of polymers with keratin protein wraps each strand, sealing in straight styles for up to 3 days.

Where to Find it : Mass drugstores nationwide; Drugstore.com { Retail $9.99}

 

Happy Shopping!!


Author: Danielle Minnella www.danielleminnella.com

Favorite Products of the Week- 12/3/12

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As the holiday season approaches, I find myself at the mall more often then usual and because I am a beauty addict, I am often found at the beauty counters! I have included some of my favorite new purchases from this past week, but also some of my favorites from the last couple months.

1) Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup ($36). This. Foundation. Rocks! I tried this only because I had tried on a lipgloss and had no foundation on (a big no no!) and ended up loving it. I have been wearing it almost daily and get so many compliments. One note: If you have dry skin, stay clear of this foundation as it is meant to keep a face from getting oily and this will only look cakey on your skin. I apply this with my Sigma Round Kabuki Brush ($18) and it looks airbrushed. I can wear it from 7:30am- bed with no touch ups. Give it a shot! You may love it just as much as I do!

2) Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Lipstick in Stay Coral ($25). This has become my ‘one’ color. You know, the color you can wear with everything. Yesterday, I went to the grocery store in black sweats and a black baseball cap (All black? I’m always in all black! I’m a New Yorker, it’s our wardrobe). Last minute, I decided to put on my foundation (see #1), mascara and run out the door. I made a quick decision to put this lipstick on too and it worked! I usually will not wear lipstick in sweats as it feels overdone, but this was an exception. This is also the same color I wore out to dinner with my girlfriends last week. It’s versatile and I’m in love!

3) Benefit Girl Meets Pearl ($30). I use this as a highlighter on places like my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, inner corners of my eyes and cupids bow. Even with a full coverage, matte foundation, this gives my face a beautiful glow. It soaks right into the skin so there is no residue on top of your foundation. Love using powder on top of all your makeup? This still shows through! It is beautiful in person, but even more beautiful in pictures so I use it on my brides especially. I have tried many illuminating products, but the pink tint to Girl Meets Pearl really meshes well with my skin tone.

4) Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in Metallic Bronze ($22). This is another one of my go-to products. I have blue eyes, so using a bronze on my lids really makes the blue pop (tip for blue eyed babes!) and this liner stays all day. I am a makeup artist, so to say I have a plethora of makeup is an understatement, but I have recently compiled my own kit that is just for me. This liner is in it in many colors! I apply it by drawing a super think line across my lashes and blending up until my whole lid is covered. I then apply mascara… that’s it! It has fantastic pigmentation and makes my eyes pop!

5) Bella Pierre Mineral Foundation ($65). So this powder comes with a hefty price tag, but I have found that it is one that gives me the coverage I need and doesn’t cause breakouts. I use a powder brush and apply this in a circular motion all over my face. I wear this alone on days I just don’t feel like wearing full makeup or on top of my full makeup if I am looking for a completely  full coverage with a matte finish. Bella Pierre is a brand that carries so many fun colors and products, check them out!

6) Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Eye Serum ($55). I am mom of two kids, so sleep is often optional. However, looking like I haven’t slept for a week is never optional. To keep my dark circles and bags at bay, I apply this morning and night. It comes with a dropper and the best way to apply it is: pull the dropper out of the bottle and squeeze its contents back into the bottle. Now, without squeezing the dropper, dip it back in and pull it out. The little drop that is on the tip is all you need for each eye. Seriously! This bottle has lasted me 5 months and isn’t even half gone. Well worth the money if you ask me because it lasts forever and it works!

 

I hope that you now have some input to get out there and try some of these products if you have been thinking of doing so or if you are just looking for new recommendations. If you try them, let us know how you feel about them!

 

Thank you for reading, Beauties.

 

 

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JenniferK

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