Entries Tagged as 'Sephora'

Spring into New Eyelid Primers!!






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


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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.




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!




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 :)


Treat Yourself or Someone for Valentines Day!


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

Get Kate Beckinsale’s Hair and Makeup for the Total Recall Premier


Celebrity hairstylist artist Mara Roszak created Kate Beckinsale’s look for the Total Recall premiere in Los Angeles. Taking inspiration from Kate’s structured dress, Roszak created a texturized look for the red carpet. Roszak described Kate’s look as “edgy and undone, with an effortless feel.”


Get Kate’s hair in three simple steps:


Prep and Texturize- Achieving the undone quality of Kate’s hair relies on creating texture while preventing flyaways. Start by evenly applying John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse ($5.99 at drugstores) through towel-dried hair to tame frizz, boost shine and build texture. For added volume, spray roots with a texturizing spray and rough dry.


Secure the Style- Next, twist small sections of hair to create tousled texture. Once hair is completely dry, gently tease the crown for a bit of height. Next, pull hair back create a loose braid. Tuck the ends under and pin in place with bobby pins, crossing the pins to secure the look and make sure the braid stays in place. Allow pieces in the front to fall out and frame the face.


Polish and Perfect- To finish the look, spray John Frieda Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hair Spray ($5.99 at drugstores) on your fingertips and pinch sections while rubbing your fingers together on the hair to add more texture and break up the look. Then in an even, all-around motion, mist a thin coat of hair spray to set the look.






After your hair is perfectly set using Rozak’s steps, use my steps to get her makeup look as well:


Using a liquid foundation like Make Up For Ever’s Face and Body ($40 at Sephora), apply foundation with a damp sponge, I love the Beauty Blender ($19.95 at Sephora), all over the face.


Apply a cream blush to the apples and/or cheekbones like NARS The Multiple ($39 at Sephora) in shade Orgasm. Blend the color well with the sponge.


Apply a cream shadow in a cool shimmer gray, like Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream ($23 at Sephora) color 2 Steel, from the lashes to just below the crease with a flat shadow brush like Sigma’s E55 ($9 at SigmaBeauty.com).


With a clean blending brush, like Sigma’s E40 ($11 at SigmaBeauty.com) blend the crease so there is a soft fade of color just above the crease.


Using a liner/pencil brush like Sigma’s E30 ($9 at SigmaBeauty.com), pull this color up beyond the lashes to create a ‘winged’ or cat eye shape. The idea is to create this shape with the shadow alone and not a hard liner.


Use a black liner with a metallic inflection like the Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in 09 Glitter Black ($12 at Sephora). The black will provide a hard line and contrast against the gray, while the shimmer will reflect light.


Apply the cream shadow within the lower lashes with the liner/pencil brush from previous step.


Line the lower water line with a bronze pencil like the Lorac Eye Shadow/Liner in shade Paparazzi ($18 at Sephora). This also follows the shimmer effect with silver metallic inflections.


Apply a deep black mascara like Rimmel’s ScandalEyes in 003 Extreme Black ($6.99 at Ulta).


Because the emphasis is on the eyes, the lips were kept neutral by sweeping a light gloss over the lips. Try Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Crystal Lilac ($7.49 at Ulta).


Set the t-zone with a powder like Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Powder ($26 at Sephora) using a large powder brush like Sigma’s F30 ($19 at SigmaBeauty.com).




Voila! You’re done and looking like a million bucks with glistening eyes and fantastic hair!







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