Products of the Week

03.3.14

Royal Beauty Blender, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow,

 

Here’s a breakdown of some of the products I’ve been loving this past week (from top to bottom):

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade, $18. For a product to fill in and shape my brows, I’ve always preferred a gel or powder consistency as I think they have the most natural looking results. My go-to for years was Laura Mercier’s brow gel, but I really like this Dipbrow Pomade.  It stays on ALL DAY. My eyebrows look perfect from 7 AM to 6 PM. Apply with a light hand, because it’s so concentrated!

Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Anti Aging Beta Face Peel, $82.  If you can’t get a facial regularly, this is a great alternative. It’s strong enough to see brighter, smoother skin, but gentle enough to not cause any irritation.

Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs, $5.59. Maybelline has a great collection of nude lipsticks for every skin tone. Truffle Tease is great for deeper skin tones.

Dolce & Gabbana Intenseyes Black Intensity Mascara, $32. I love this mascara—no clumps or flakes. Just thick  beautiful lashes!

Royal Beauty Blender, $19.95. The beauty blender is my favorite way to apply foundation. I finally picked up another one in this really pretty purple color. I’ll take anything that reminds me of spring!

F/W NYFW 2014 Nail Trend Roundup

25.2.14

 

Kaelen, NYFW Fall/Winter 2014 Nail Trends,  Patricia Nail Lacquer,

Going for a girly, yet feminine and strong look at Kaleen, celebrity nail artist Pattie Yankee mixed two custom Patricia Yankee Nail Lacquers, a taupe using ¾ of her Flesh shade and ¼ Cornerstone and a pink where she applied one coat of Love then a coat of Veil. Using her Inspire Nails in Clear Almond, she adhered to models’ nails and then filed into a rounded point

 

Delpozo, Patti Yankee, NYFW Fall/Winter 2014 Nail Trends,

With the “lyrical abstraction” inspired collection, Pattie collaborated with the Delpozo design team to create a striking, yet simplistic nail. “We wanted the models to be able to see the gorgeous pieces they were wearing,” says Yankee, “with the mirrored nails, we were able to achieve that.” Yankee and her team applied glue tabs to the back of the press on nails and adhered them to the models. The nails were then filed down to a natural length with a rounded shape.

Butter London, NYFW Fall/Winter 2014 Nail Trends

Katie Jane Hughes, butter LONDON Global Colour Ambassador, applied butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in The Black Knight to the tips of the press on nails. She then applied butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Diamond Geezer at the base of the nail to meet up with the black at the tips. Katie used Nail Lacquer in Stardust and the new Nail Lacquer in Anorak, a black, white and silver chunky glitter overcoat (available in March 2014) over the entire nail. While the nails were still wet, Katie completed the look by applying holographic, diamond-shaped glitter to the tip of the nails.

NYFW Fall/Winter 2014 Nail Trends, Butter LONDON

Katie applied butter LONDON Nail Foundation as a base followed by butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black. She then used a thin striping brush to create the tweed effect, layering various Nail Lacquer shades onto the nail – both vertically and horizontally. Katie finished the look with butter LONDON’s P.D. Quick Topcoat. Shades used: butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Billy No Mates, Stag Do, Blagger, British Racing Green and Pearly Queen.

 

Models at Joie FW14 wore "Coney Island Cotton Candy!

Models at Joie FW14 wore “Coney Island Cotton Candy!

 

OPI manicurists buffed models' nails to a high shine and added a black Swarovski® crystal at the center of the cuticle line. Thumbs were polished in black satin-finish lacquer "4 In The Morning."

OPI manicurists buffed models’ nails to a high shine and added a black Swarovski® crystal at the center of the cuticle line. Thumbs were polished in black satin-finish lacquer “4 In The Morning.”

 

 photo credits:OPI- Steve Wong via  OPI facebook, Patricia Yankee Nail Lacquers, and Butter LONDON

An Evening of Macaroons and Moët with Make Up For Ever: The Unveiling of the New HD Blush and Pressed Powder

13.2.14

Make Up For Ever, 158 Double Ended Sculpting Brush, Figure Eight

What’s better than a night out with indulging in macaroons and Moët? Playing with makeup while doing it!

Lucky me was invited to check out MAKE UP FOR EVER’s unveiling of their new HD Blush and Pressed Powder at their boutique at the King of Prussia Mall.

Make Up For Ever Boutique, King of Prussia Mall

The HD Blush ($26, Sephora.com) in itself is amazing–a light weight cream blush that blends effortlessly into the skin for a flawless finish. It comes in 16 shades that range from light to medium to tan to deep—booth with cool and warm undertones. Since I like peachy undertones, I was given #315 to try.

Make Up For Ever HD Blush 315

One of the great things about MAKE UP FOR EVER is that they are very into educating consumers on how to use their product. Jayme, the lead makeup artist at the King of Prussia boutique, showed me the new technique to apply the HD Blush called the “Figure Eight”. After applying product to the angled end of the 158 Double Ended Sculpting Brush ($53, sephora.com), start at the top of your cheekbone by your hairline and work your way to the apple of your cheek in the formation of an 8. Easy breezy for a classic blush application.

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder

Also, new in the HD collection is the HD Pressed Powder ($36, sephora.com). It’s great for reducing fine lines and blurring out blemishes. Great for touch ups through out the day, it zaps any sign of oil.  Jayme showed me how to apply this using the 124 Powder Kabuki Brush ($52, sephora.com) using a press and roll technique.

Make Up For Ever 124 Powder Kabuki Brush, 158 Double Ended Sculpting Brush

I had such a great time learning more about the brand, talking to the artists and sampling the products. I even  got a chance to finally try their popular HD Invisible Cover Foundation (matched to #153), that has developed its own cult following.  And on my list to do is attend one of their MAKE UP MASTERY classes offered every Monday at MAKE UP FOR EVER boutiques. Each class is only $25 for a 90 minute class. Check out details at your local MUFE boutique!

 

 

How To: A Bombshell Look for Valentine’s Days

05.2.14

Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara, BOMBSHELL SHINESHADOW BY LASHBLAST, BOMBSHELL INTENSITY LINER BY LASHBLAST, review, Cover Girl

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and whether you’re spending it with your significant other or out on the town with your girlfriends, a soft romantic look is always appropriate!

To help create this look, I enlisted the help of some of Cover Girl’s newest products from their Bombshell collection:

Before

Before

Eyes:

  • Prep eyes with an eye primer
  • Apply Bombshell ShineShadow by LashBlast  in Gold Goddess on eyelid down to lash line.  I like to use a concealer brush when applying cream shadows.
  • Use a medium matte brown in the crease
  • Apply a darker brown in the corner of eyes
  • Line eyes with Bombshell Intensity Liner by LashBlast in Pitch Black Passion. The felt tip applicator makes applying liquid liner easy. Wing the corners slightly at the end for a flirty look.
  • Line bottom lashes using a black shadow
  • Romantic looks calls for lashes and lots of them! Curl eyelashes first and then use Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara in Very Black.

Face:

  • To achieve a soft glow, use bronzer along the hairline, the hollows of cheek bones and jaw line.
  • A soft coral blush for a natural flush
  • Highlight cheek bones with a gold shimmer highlighter

Lips:

  • Line lips with a pink liner
  • Fill with a rose colored lipstick
  • Top with pink gloss

 

Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara, BOMBSHELL SHINESHADOW BY LASHBLAST, BOMBSHELL INTENSITY LINER BY LASHBLAST

After

CoverGirlLogoIntroducing COVERGIRL’s NEW BOMBSHELL collection – Featuring a revolutionary dual-system mascara that delivers big, sexy Bombshell lashes. Take your look from ordinary to extraordinary!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by COVERGIRL via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of COVERGIRL.

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