Category Archives: Beauty
How To: Twinkle Tips
Recreate the twinkling fingertips from Jenny Packham F/W ’13. Perfect for upcoming holiday parties or just to add a little sparkle in your life.
This look can be done with any glitter nail polish. From silver to my personal favorite, Deborah Lippmann’s Superstar (copper) – find your favorite twinkle.
Deborah Lippmann’s in Ruby Red Slippers
Essie Luxeffects Top Coat in Set in Stones
Formula X for Sephora in Holiday Ornament
1. Prep the nails with base coat.
2. Starting from the middle of the nail, draw light strokes with your favorite glitter polish – brushing up towards the edge.
3. Let set, and seal with top coat.
The Gloss Over: Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Insolence
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss combines bold color and longevity. As glosses go – majority rules – not very long-lasting. Chanel has designed it’s Rouge Allure to be a color-rich, high shine, gel-based that wears “for hours.”
One of the best features is the double-sided flocked applicator. The shape is beveled to deliver ultra-precise definition and easy application. Like all things Chanel – the packaging is pristine, high-quality and luxurious. As for the formula, I was quite surprised by the texture of the gloss. A “long-lasting” gloss would assume to be tacky and/or sticky. Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss is none of the above. The “jelly-like” texture is smooth, silky and comfortable on the lips. The shine is not dramatic – but subtle and makes lips look full and voluminous. The formula lasts an hour or so – better than other gloss products but not as long-lasting as long-wear lipsticks and stains. I personally bought this product for the color – not its longevity – so the extra hour or so is a bonus.
The color: Insolence is a cotton candy blue-based pink with silver micro-shimmer. It’s semi-opaque but adds a substantial amount of brightness and pinkness to the lips.
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss is a great everyday lip product.
Winter Skin Woes: Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream
Does your skin get dull and lifeless with the change in weather? If so, illuminate with IllumiKate – Kate Somerville’s new CC Cream. This multifunctional tinted complexion correcting cream instantly minimizes the look of imperfections with buildable coverage. Broad spectrum SPF 50+ protects skin from the sun’s harmful rays while known brightening agents Arbutin, Licorice Extract and Natural Amino Acids help improve and even out skin tone for more luminous, younger-looking skin over time.
- Provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50+ / PA+++ sun protection
- Albatin, Licorice Extract, and naturally occurring Arbutin help to brighten the appearance of discoloration
- Moisturizing Sodium Hyaluronate minimizes water loss and improves the appearance of skin
- Chicory Root Extract helps to improve the integrity of the skin’s natural barrier function
IllumiKate is a little thicker than your everyday face lotion and is extremely moisturizing. It blends well and offers light coverage with minimal build-ability. The dewy, “luminous” finish truly wakes-up the skin and provides healthy, fresh looking skin. There are five shades of IllumiKate, ranging from Extra Fair to Medium, so this product might not work on deeper skin tones.
If your winter skin needs an instant pick-me-up, try Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream.
How-To: Artfully Undone Hair
Effortless – artfully undone hair. As seen on models day-off, runway and editorial – artfully undone hair may look effortless, but actually takes a bit of work.
To get that – “just rolled out of bed look” – texture is key. Frizz and flyaways are welcomed (for a change). Use products that will matte the hair for dry texture.
To get artfully undone hair – follow these simple steps:
1. Apply Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam to damp hair and roughly blow-dry with fingers, scrunching hair as you dry.
2. Twist hair up into a bun to set it and mist with Powder Refresh 01 aerosol hair powder/dry shampoo for texture.
3. Take hair out of the bun, spray more Powder Refresh 01 for added texture and a matte finish.
Over-The-Counter Power: Avène Rétrinal + 0.1 Cream
Recommended by dermatologists, Avène Rétrinal + 0.1 Cream is currently one of the most innovative skincare products on the market.
Available in three different strengths including 0.1% retrinal (French for retinol) which is currently the highest amount of retrinal available in an over-the-counter product. The lowest strength is 0.025%, which is where someone who has never used a retrinal product should begin. Classified as dermo-cosmetics, Avène Rétrinal Skin Care products are considered to be cutting edge skincare with a medical approach to skincare.
Avène Rétrinal + 0.1 Cream is quite effective for a couple of reasons. The product is a form of Vitamin A which through clinical studies has been proven to improve elasticity, radiance and skin texture – as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. You will get the normal side effects with any retrinal/retinol product – skin sensitivity, peeling, dry skin. But it is all well-worth the end result. Clear, glowing, firm skin.
The easy to apply product should be applied to the face and neck after cleansing. As with all anti-aging products it is imperative that broad-spectrum sunscreen be used at all times when exposed to the sun.
I have used many retinol/retrinal products, over-the-counter and prescription – this is by far the best over-the-counter product I have used.
Everyday Essentials: Must-Have Neutrals
Everyday makeup that makes your daily routine quick and effortless begins with neutral eyes.
Neutral Eyeshadows do not have to be boring. Sure they can contour and accentuate the eyes for a natural-look. But they can also enhance any smokey eye, hide flaws and/or be used to contour and highlight the face, fill-in brows and brighten the under-eye.
Here are a few of my must-haves:
MAC – Brule
Chanel – Lotus
Urban Decay – Naked
MAC – Uninterrupted
NARS – Bali
Bobbi Brown – Grey
How To: Fierce Feline
Make a bold statement with a winged eye. This look can make eyes appear larger and more defined.
Product: I think liquid provides the most drama and the easiest control. Favorite: Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner If you prefer a softer winged look try pencil or eyeshadow. Favorite: Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner-Gel Crayon
For easy application, set mirror at chin level and look downwards. Gently drag the liner along the lashline and past the top outer corner of your eye. Follow the upward curve of your eye with the eye liner. For a dramatic winged look, draw farther out and angle the liner more.
Create the winged effect by starting at the outer corner of the line you just drew and work back toward your eye. As you get closer to the inner lash line, draw a thinner line. You want the effect of the liner to be thin to thick from the inner corner of the eye to the outer.
Follow the natural shape of your eye and connect the liner to the inner corner of your eye. Fill in any missing spaces along the lash line.
Spring 2014: Orange Lip Trend
Glossy Punch: RMS Beauty’s Lip Shine in Sacred
RMS Beauty’s Lip Shine in Sacred is certified organic and boasts a list of natural ingredients.
Adding just the right amount of color and shine, Sacred is a punchy coral hue that instantly brightens the face.
Drenched with vitamins, antioxidants and oils, lips feel nourished and conditioned. Lightweight and balmy, RMS Beauty’s Lip Shine creates glossy, pouty lips.
Added to the cheeks, Sacred creates a healthy flush. Perfect to throw in your bag for on-the-go color options.
Nutrient Infusion: Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex
Like a multivitamin for the skin, Tata Harper’s Replenishing Nutrient Complex provides antioxidants, nutrients, fatty acids, lipids, amino acids, and omegas essential for softening the visual signs of aging. Brightening and rejuvenating the complexion, this formula leaves the skin silky soft and strong.
Suitable for all skin types, the Replenishing Nutrient Complex is formulated with:
- Alfalfa Extract, high in vitamins A, B, C, D and E, helps maintain a youthful appearance and protects skin from environmental conditions that cause damage
- Improves the appearance of skin tone with Rose Geranium
- Soothes dry, dehydrated skin and aids in cellular repair with Calendula
- Borage Oil keeps skin healthy and supple with high levels of Gamma Linolenic Acid
- Jojoba and Borage provide nutrients and fatty acids while aiding skin lipid and moisture retention
- Provides a final layer of environmental protection to the skin
This is the best post-beach treatment ever! After sun, surf and sand you really feel this product “replenish” all the nutrients back into the skin. Unlike a lot of face oils, this one soaks into the skin beautifully and does not leave an oily layer. With a subtle floral aroma that smells fresh and feminine, Tata Harper’s Replenishing Nutrient Complex is a must-have.
About Tata Harper
Tata Harper had no intention of entering the beauty world until her stepfather was diagnosed with cancer. His doctor told him to stop all personal care products which started Tata Harper’s curiosity. She checked the Skin Deep Database only to find that the high-end products she had been using for years were highly toxic. With her scientific and engineering background, she traveled the world searching for comparable natural beauty products. “I chose to spend my money on high quality ingredients rather than packaging and marketing, which is usually the opposite of what other brands do” says Harper. Even before they had their new packaging , they received letters asking if they would ship the product in Ziploc bags. If that’s not a testimony to product performance, I don’t know what is.
How To: Crown Braid
Crown braids are effortlessly cool and chic for an easy summer styling. The best thing about the crown braid is that it works amazingly well for different occasions as they are extremely versatile. From the catwalks to celebrity style, braids add a unique touch to everyday wear.
One of the best “how-to” videos I have found is from Free People. Always on trend and going a step further, the artists at Free People go a step further by adding colored dye to the classic crown style. Check out this how-to video to create a crown braid look of your own.
Watch the video HERE.
Alterna Summer Hair RX
Keep hair healthy and beautiful this summer with Alterna Summer Hair RX. This perscription strength line of products is enriched with antioxidants to protect from environmental damage while enhancing shine and vibrancy. The result is healthier-looking hair that remains protected, hydrated, and shiny all summer long.
ALTERNA Bamboo Beach Ocean Waves
This spray provides weightless volume, moisture lock, and a natural wavy texture to all hair types for that sexy, back-from-the-beach look. Formulated with Enzymetherapy® and Color Hold®, a proprietary technology that provides protection from color fade caused by UVA/UVB and visible light rays, including artificial light sources, to extend the life of your hair color and protect from future damage.
ALTERNA Bamboo Beach Sun Recovery Spray
Instantly revitalize sun-parched hair with this nourishing leave-in conditioner for naturally luscious locks. Deeply penetrates hair to infuse moisture, improve manageability, enhance shine and protect from future damage. Formulated with ColorHold technology for maximum color retention.
ALTERNA Bamboo Beach Mango Coconut Refreshing Dry Shampoo
Refresh hair between washing and save the water for the ocean with this silky, talc-free hair powder. Provides an exotic, fruity scent. Perfect tucked into a beach bag for on-the-go styling to create tousled texture.
Radiance Revealed: Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten Color Correcting Foundation
Control oil and brighten skin with Laura Geller’s Balance-n-Brighten Color Correcting Foundation. This lightweight powder is a great alternative to heavy foundations for summer.
Balance-n-Brighten Color Correcting Foundation is loaded with the age-fighting, anti-oxidant protection of Centella Asiatica and White Tea. The healing properties of Centella Asiatica have been known for centuries. Its leaves and stems are used in traditional Chinese, African, and Ayurvedic medicine. In Chinese medicine, centella asiatica is sometimes referred to as the “fountain of youth” due to its healing properties and positive effects on wellbeing.
The baked powder is designed with swirls of soft tan and cream, its smooth and silky texture helps offset ruddiness, brightens sallow tones, and balances most complexions. The coverage is medium, buildable and neutralizes any imperfections – creating perfectly flawless skin. It feels non-exsistant on the skin and provides a natural brightening effect. Free from mineral oil and parabens, Balance-n-Brighten Color Correcting Foundation is my new favorite powder foundation for the summer.
Rockstar Bronzer: Kat Von D Everlasting Bronzer
Kat Von D’s Everlasting Bronzer promises up to 24-hours of color and the rich pigment offers buildable, custom coverage for every skintone. This I had to try.
Available in two shades:
1. Shady Business 1: pearlized brown with gold shimmer
2. Shady Business 2: pearlized dark brown with gold shimmer
The fade-proof formula is smooth, velvety and blendable. It glides onto the cheeks effortlessly and provides a radiant glow.
The color is the real ‘hero‘ of this product. It leans more red-toned than orange, avoiding “oompaloompa face.” It has tiny gold sparkles that create a subtle glow, boosting the complexion and mimicking the rays of the sun.
Boasting 24-hour wear, the formula is absolutely long-wearing. It lasts an entire work day and remains true-to-color without oxidizing.
These bronzers are very comparable to NARS Laguna and NARS Casino. However, I find the Kat Von D version to add more warmth to the skin while NARS bronzers can look “muddy.”
Brush on sun-kissed radiance with Kat Von D Everlasting Bronzer.
How To: Copper Eyes
Copper eyeshadow can make a bold statement and intensify the natural color of your eyes. However, if not applied correctly can also make eyes look tired, bloodshot and/or red.
To avoid looking like Marla Singer in Fight Club, choose an accent color to blend with the copper. Whether your copper is shimmery or matte, a deep matte tone blendeded with the metallic shade will look more natural. Because the copper is so bright, it should be used as your primary color rather than pairing it with another bright color.
- 2 Eyeshadow Brushes
- Copper Eyeshadow – Favorite: Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Fire Glow
- Deep Natural Matte Eyeshadow – Favorite: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Naked or Buck
Press eyeshadow brush into the Copper Eyeshadow. Tap the brush to remove any excess powder. Swipe the brush across the eyelid and blend up into the crease.
- Blend eyeshadow until you are satisfied with the color and shape.
Using the Deep Natural Matte Eyeshadow, blend into the crease and outer “V” of the eye. Making this “V” area a little darker will make the eyes appear larger.
- Run a clean blending brush over your eyelid, using a quick circular motion. This will get rid of any harsh lines.
- Apply the Deep Natural Matte Eyeshadow under the eye. If you have small eyes, sweep eyeshadow from the middle of the eye to outer edge. For more drama, blend a tiny bit of the Copper Eyeshadow into the matte color. Do not use a lot or eyes will look red and “angry.”
- Line eyes and apply lots of mascara.
Modify this look depending on your eyes shape and color.
Summer Must-Have: Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Summer is all about bronzed, glowing skin. The only product needed to achieve this is Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance Baked Powder. Available in four bronzing colors and one highlight, one is able to mimic the sun’s rays without the damage.
- Highlight 01 – Golden nude
- Bronze 01 – Fair to light skin tone
- Bronze 02 – Light to medium skin tone
- Bronze 03 – Medium skin tone
- Bronze 04 – Tan to deep skin tone
Titled “Matte Radiance Baked Powder,” this product is far from the stark matte bronzers of the past. Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance Baked Powder warms-up the skin revealing a healthy glow. No glitter or shimmer but a beautiful glowing sheen.
The ultra-smooth formula provides natural color with absolutley no orange tinge. The modern, multidimensional matte finish reveals a hint of soft luminosity and the sheer, buildable coverage lets you customize your glow.
Easy to apply, these bronzers leave skin looking naturally radiant. Coming from a bronzing addict – this is the most natural finish and color-range I have experienced. It instantly warms up the face and creates healthy looking skin. Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance Baked Powder is my in my top 10 Summer Must-Haves for 2013.