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Favorite Products of the Week- 12/3/12

04.12.12

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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

Video Tutorial: Look Stunning Using Only The Make Up For Ever Flash Palette

21.7.12

If you knew there was one product you could use to make up your entire face, you would want to know all about it right? Well, Make Up For Ever has that one product in the form of their Flash Palette.

This palette is expensive (at $99), but it literally has every color you would ever need to use.

 

Purple eyes? Got it!

Fuchsia lips? Got it!

Black liner? Got it!

Silver liner with blue mascara? Got that too!

 

With this one palette you can create any look you want. I do not know one makeup artist that does not have this in their kit because it is so versatile.

 

In this tutorial I show you how to create an entire look using only the Flash Palette, and some skin products.

I used 3 (skin) color products aside from the palette:

  • Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation (available at Target.com for $9.99).
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural (available at MACcosmetics.com for $29).
  • Temptu S/B Concealer Wheel (available at TemptuPro.com for $26).

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I also used all Sigma Beauty Brushes aside from one Kryolan Art 3503 Professional Brush. All Sigma Beauty Brushes can be purchased at SigmaBeauty.com. The Make Up For Ever Flash Palette can be purchased at Sephora.com for $99.

 

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JenniferK

Video Tutorial: A Summer Look! Turquoise Eye and Coral Cheek

18.7.12

We all can agree that this summer has been brutal! In this heat, who wants to apply loads of heavy powder to your eyes?

 

Using 3 liners we create a colorful eye that is sure to add a pop of color to any summer day. Wear it with a coral cheek and you’re right on trend for the season. Also, because the pencils are water resistant or waterproof, you’re sure to hold up against the smoldering heat!

 

Watch our YouTube Tutorial to learn how to complete this fun, summer look.

 

Products Used

  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon in Dramatic Teal
  • Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in #16 Teal
  • Kryolan Eye Pencil in Navy
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Mascara in Black
  • Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush in Sunset
  • NARS Blush in Orgasm
  • Mac Mineralize Pressed Powder
  • Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in #006 Strawberry Fraise
  • Sigma Beauty Precision Round Brush #P82
  • Sigma Beauty Flat Kabuki Brush #F80

 

Green Eye Video Video Tutorial: A Summer Look! Turquoise Eye and Coral Cheek

Don’t forget to check out the rest of our videos on ABeautyLoft’s YouTube Channel!

 

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JenniferK

Tutorial: Understated Glamorous Eyes Using Naked Cosmetics’ Sierra Nevada Set

20.5.12

This past weekend we (Renee and I) spent the whole day at The Makeup Show NYC and it was absolutely incredible, but also completely overwhelming. We spent about 3-4 hours shopping, browsing and exploring and found ourselves with arms full of heavy bags. We regrouped over lunch and then went back for more. 3 more hours!

I spent the last hour exploring all the booths I had walked past about a dozen times because they had been packed and found some serious treasure!

A brand I spent a lot of time trying and learning about is called Naked Cosmetics and this line is nothing short of amazing! They offer sets that come in sleek black sleeves and contain 6 different colors. The color set I chose is called Sierra Nevada and the colors range from a matte black to shimmer ivory with 4 other shades thrown in the mix. This set could be used on a bride or a Playboy Bunny, the colors are perfect for sexy glamour. 

I have decided to do a tutorial primarily using this set. I was completely thrilled with the performance and outcome of these shadows. This set is like a one stop shop and will take you from church to a Saturday night dance session!

Here is my tutorial for understated glamorous eyes (I wear this daily!):

SN1 Tutorial: Understated Glamorous Eyes Using Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada Set

A) Stila‘s Prime Pot in Taffy. (Available at StilaCosmetics.com for $20)

B) Using your finger, apply primer from lashes to brow and from corner to corner.

C) Sonia Kashuk Small Multi-purpose Powder Brush. (Available at Target.com for $10.79)

D) Apply Shade #SN-01 (iridescent ivory) to the inner corner and shade #SN-02 to the brow bone (shimmer cream/pink).

SN2 Tutorial: Understated Glamorous Eyes Using Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada Set

E) Sigma Beauty‘s Eye Shading- E55 Brush. (Available at SigmaBeauty.com for $9)

F) Using the above brush, apply shade #SN-03 (metallic copper) with a damp brush to the entire lid.

G) Cozzette Brush D200- The Bullet Brush. (Available at RoqueCozzette.com for $14)

H) Using the above brush, apply shade #SN-05 (medium brown) to the crease and outer corner.

SN3 Tutorial: Understated Glamorous Eyes Using Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada Set

I) Sigma Beauty‘s Precision Round- P82 Brush. (Available at SigmaBeauty.com for $14)

J) Using the above brush, blend all brown shadow until there is no hard line.

K) Using the E.L.F. Gem Shadow Brush ($2, no longer available for sale), apply shade #SN-06 (matte black) to the outer corner and pull it in along the crease without putting anymore shadow on the brush.

L) Use Sigma‘s P82 Brush again to blend the black shadow until there is no hard line.

SN4 Tutorial: Understated Glamorous Eyes Using Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada Set

M) Kryolan‘s Professional Round Brush in size # Art.3501. (Available by special order from Kryolan.com)

N) Using the above brush, draw a line along the lashes in shade #SN-06 (matte black) with a damp brush. Pull the line slightly out past the lashes and angled up to create a winged effect.

O) Using the same brush and shade # SN-05 (medium brown), line within the lower lashes.

P) LashControl‘s Purple Squeeze 2x Black Volumizing Mascara. (Available at LashControl.com for $20)

SN5 Tutorial: Understated Glamorous Eyes Using Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada Set

Q) Apply LashControl Mascara to bottom lashes first, then top. Wiggle the wand slightly at the base of the lashes, then pull through the entire lash.

R) Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics‘ Lip Tar in Memento. (Available at OCCmakeup.com for $14)

S) Using Apt. 5‘s Eyeliner Brush (it works better for lipstick), apply Memento to the entire lip (I cannot find this brush online anywhere, but I purchased it at Duane Reade).

T) Ta-da! The final product!

SNClose Tutorial: Understated Glamorous Eyes Using Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada Set

 

I hope you give this look a try and if you decide to try the Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada kit, I hope you love it as much as I do! Please let us know (in the comments below) if you try this look and what your outcome is.

You can purchase the Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada kit at MilazzoBeauty.com for $59.99.  Whatever colors you choose, I highly recommend the Naked Cosmetics pigments. They can be used as blush, shadow, lip gloss, nail polish and even temporary hair color! Amazing.

 

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JenniferK

 

 

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