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Get the Look: A Prettier Nude Face for Spring


rehearse for the Holmes & Yang presentation during Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Box at Lincoln Center on September 12, 2012 in New York City.

Summer makeup should be effortless, but still beautiful. That’s why I love this look that Bobbi Brown created for the Holmes & Yang 2013 Spring fashion show. This nude look is the perfect compliment for the bold and bright colors of spring.

Products used to get the look:

Skin: Hydrating Face Cream ($52)
Eyes: Ballet Pink Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24), Black Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($22), No Smudge Mascara ($24)
Cheeks: Antigua Illuminating Bronzer ($36)
Lips: Bobbi Sheer Lip Color (Sheer Lip Color, Spring ’13, $24)
Rockstar Products: Black Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, Bobbi Sheer Lip Color

P.S. That hair is everything…perfect for hot summer days or nights.

Weekend Book Suggestion: Bobbi Brown’s Beauty Rules



Hope everyone had a great weekend! While I got a ton of behind the scenes blog work done, I did get the chance to relax and venture out to the bookstore. While the husband was in the cooking section and my son was in the youth section, I headed straight to the beauty section.

Call me old school, but I love to read makeup and beauty books. I know Youtube has makeup tutorials at your fingertips and can show you first hand tips and tricks, but nothing beats a hard copy..for me. The glossy pages filled with beautiful photographs and catchy print beat social media to me any day.

So what did I end up with? After browsing through a few, I decided on Bobbi Brown’s Beauty Rules, $24.95. I really enjoyed her Makeup Manual and this book was just as awesome. It features everything from hair to healthy diet to fashion advice. But what I really loved was how she demonstrated basic and solid makeup application techniques that everyone should master before anything else. I also love how she features women of every skin tone, age, and ethnicity. Follow Bobbi’s tips and you look like a more polished version of yourself instead of a makeup mask.

Some of my other favorite makeup books include:

Eight of Our Favorite Makeup Products Switched to Low Cost Alternatives




When we finally find that one product that does exactly what we need it to or want it to, it’s a really big deal! However, when that product comes with a hefty price tag, it makes us slightly less eager to buy more of it. We have found low cost substitutes for some of our favorite high end products and we are sure you will love them just the same as their counterparts!



OriginalBobbi Brown The Basic Brush Collection ($175 at bloomingdales.com). Bobbi Brown is a powerhouse in the makeup industry, so naturally her makeup brushes are incredibly popular. Her brushes preform well, withstand the test of time and come in many different shapes and sizes.

Substitute: Sigma Beauty Brushes Make Me Classy Travel Kit ($59 at sigmabeauty.com). Sigma Beauty is quickly becoming known for their quality brushes and excellent customer care. They offer synthetic and natural bristle brushes in an array of colors and styles. The Make Me Classy Travel Kit has comparable brushes to the Bobbi Brown Basic Brush Collection, but are over $100 cheaper. I recently stocked my kit with over a dozen of these brushes and found that they stand up through the wear and tare better then some of my pricier brushes.



Original:  MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolor in Lasting Lust ($22 at maccosmetics.com). These last a really long time and come in seriously saturated colors, but in total honesty, their substitute lasts longer!

Substitute: Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Lipcolor in Keep Up The Flame ($7.99 at CVS.com). This lip color stands by its name! I have actually had to scrub this off my lips before bed because it just holds that well. 24 hours? Yes!



OriginalMake Up For Ever Pure Pigments ($20 at sephora.com). Pigments are fantastic for stand out looks, color correction or for tweaking our favorite shades. Often, pigments are too expensive for the typical consumer to feel comfortable buying multiple shades to be creative with.

Substitute: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pure Cosmetic Pigments ($12 at occmakeup.com). OCC has created pigments that are just as pigmented as the higher priced lines, but at a more attainable price tag. At $12, you can feel comfortable trying that bright teal liner or hot pink lip!



OriginalMake Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette ($38 at Sephora.com). These concealers/color correctors are a necessity when you have a red blemish, dark circles or your skin is a little lackluster. Apply them under foundation for any color correction.

SubstituteMehron ProColoRing Neutralizer ($14.95 at Mehron.com). The Mehron color wheel serves the same purpose as the Make Up For Ever Concealers, but at less then half the cost. Mehron is a loved makeup line amongst Makeup Artists and their products stand the test of time.



OriginalAnastasia Brow Pen- Long Wearing Brow Tint ($21 at Sephora.com). The name Anastasia and brows go hand-in-hand. The brow pen offers the application of a pencil and longevity of a liquid liner. The tip is so fine, it is possible to create the illusion of tiny hairs within your brows.

Substitute: NYX Eyebrow Marker ($9.75 at NYXcosmetics.com). This brow marker comes in two shades and gives the Anastasia Brow Pen a serious run for its money. The tip is equally as fine and the formula last just as long.



OriginalNARS Eyeshadow in Etrusque Limited Edition ($24 at NARScosmetics.com). When NARS came out with their Limited Edition Etrusque Shadow, I was in love (so were many others, it is very hard to find)! It is the perfect gold for every skin tone.

Substitute: La Femme Eyeshadow in Gold ($2.99 at camerareadycosmetics.com). The La Femme Gold Shadow is the identical twin of the NARS Etrusque. The texture is just as creamy and smooth and the pigmentation is equally as intense.



OriginalMake Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($32 at sephora.com). Finding a quality setting powder is essential for keeping your makeup in place past your lunch break and Make Up For Ever has done just that. This powder is easily the best selling HD Setting Powder on the market and with reason. When brushed over a finished face, the Make Up For Ever HD Powder will keep you without shine for hours and your products just where you place them.

Substitute: Eyes Lips Face Studio High Definition Powder ($6 at eyeslipsface.com). This powder serves the same purpose, has the same texture and applies the same way, but you can buy 5 of them for the price of 1 Make Up For Ever HD Powder.



OriginalNARS Angelika Blush ($28 at bloomingdales.com). NARS blushes are cult favorites. The pigmentation and longevity make them a well stocked must-have for our makeup bags. A favorite, Angelika, offers a soft bubblegum/innocent pink that is suitable on nearly all skin tones.

Substitute: Eyes Lips Face (ELF)’s Tickled Pink ($3 at eyeslipsface.com). This blush is almost identical to the Angelika and comes with a three dollar price tag! The size is comparable and the price difference is astounding.



Quality makeup is important and often expensive, but once in a while we can find lower priced items that preform just as well! This season, save a little money on your old favorites and reward yourself with some colorful new products. Happy Spring Beauties!





Bluemercury Spring 2012 Makeover Events


Spring is slowly approaching and what a better way to celebrate than with a beauty makeover! We’re in the mood to ditch those Winter shades for Springtime color and Bluemercury wants to help.

Bluemercury boutiques across the country will be holding Spring Makeover Parties at select locations in March, April and May this year. This is your chance to meet with beauty experts to dish about the latest tips and tricks for Spring. You’ll be able to test all new products from top makeup brands like Chanel, Bobbi Brown, Nars, Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy and more! All of the Spring Makeover parties are held from 11 am to 6pm and you must book an appointment before spaces fill up. It is a free appointment however you are suggested to purchase 3 products while in store, so if you see an event in your city featuring your favorite Makeup artist this may be a great opportunity to play and walk out with brand new items.

Just a few of the featured products that will be shown include those from Bobbi Brown’s Nudes Collection featured earlier this year on A Beauty Loft along with Trish McEvoy’s Resort Collection, and the introduction of Chanel’s Harmonie de Printemps Springtime collection. Bluemercury locations in New York, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington DC will be holding Makeover parties in the next coming weeks so check the website below for dates and details:


Happy Spring shopping!




<3 Stephanie

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