Create A Natural & Gorgeous Face In Less Than 10 Minutes!

I love the natural look, especially when I’m already late for whatever appointment I’m running to (which happens ALL THE TIME) and don’t have time to apply a full face of makeup. Quick and flawless are my primary makeup goals during the week. So, I decided to do a video to show you exactly how to achieve that in less than ten minutes!

I did cheat a bit, so I could show you the finished product on half my face. =)

This is perfect for the summer, too, since nobody likes the feel of heavy make up clogging your pores in the hot and steamy weather.

Get this look and GET GORGEOUS!!!

it Cosmetics CC Cream in Medium

Smashbox Contour Palette

MAC Powder Blush in Mocha Matte

Tarte Lightning Palette in Skin Twinkle

Rimmel Lipliner in Cappuccino

MAC Lipstick in Angel

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eyecolor in Rosegold

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Mat Black 0L

 

Snail Slime Oozes Into Skin Care…And Onto My Face!

Snail slime. Blech. How can those two words possibly inspire thoughts of beauty?

Well, hop on the bandwagon because the gooey secretions that these mollusks leave in their wake is packed with nutrients like hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, antimicrobial peptides, and proteoglycans (fillers that plump) – ingredients your skin needs to look healthy, youthful, and rejuvenated.

The secretion is also billed as having positive effects on acne scarring, acne prevention, dryness and hyperpigmentation. Daily application of topical products containing snail secretion is also shown to significantly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Drugs and Dermatology. – Courtesy of ABCnews.com

My hubby, who knows me and my tendency toward vanity all too well, gifted me with a box Skederm Snail Jelly Face Masks the other day, and I gave it a shot. For $16.99 on Amazon, you get a box of ten masks. You can use them 2-3 times a week to see continuous improvements in your skin’s appearance and overall health.

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Check out my review on YouTube and see for yourself! Oy, the things I share publicly in the name of beauty…

And…I’m doing a giveaway! For a chance to win a box of these miracle masks, subscribe to my YouTube channel and comment on this Facebook post that you did!

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A Musical.ly Featuring Peanut Butter & Jelly???

My lovely daughter Lulu has been hounding me DAILY to record a musical.ly and today, I caved. Only problem is, I haven’t worked out yet and I now have a full face of makeup. #problems

“But Mom, you hate working out anyway.”

Sigh. This is true.

Check out this musical.ly made by @ kristen_luciani with musical.ly app: https://www.musical.ly/v/MzA3NDExMzA0NzYxMTI0MjEyNzc2OTY.html. Get the app and follow me: http://musical.ly/download

Here’s what I used to create this delicious look:

Lipstick – MAC Cremesheen Lipstick – Creme Cup

Lipliner – Jordana Cosmetics Easyliner for Eyes 15 Eggplant (The one I used is Palladio, but it is no longer available for sale. The Jordana liner is a great substitute!

Blush – MAC Blush Powder – Mocha

Mascara – L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Mascara, Carbon Black

Eyeliner – Christian Dior Diorshow Art Pen Eyeliner for Women, No. 095 Noir Podium

Eye Shadow – Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Eye Shadow Collection Palette

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Sunspots BEWARE! Kat Von D Is On The Rampage!

I love the sun, but it hasn’t been good to me. Sure, my skin is all glowy and golden brown, but those rays have destroyed my face. Not with wrinkles, but with sunspots. Big-ass, ugly, unsightly BROWN SPOTS that I liken to graffiti on my forehead. And unfortunately, they’re more prevalent in the summertime. Argh!

So now, I wear rimmed hats all the time in the sun. But even though that helps me keep the spots in check, it doesn’t do much for me when I need to go out, sans hat. Luckily, I found Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer. This product is magical. And with a few dots, those brown spots just faded into obscurity.

Buh-BYE!

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Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer

The concealer is not thick or cakey; it’s creamy and blendable. And since you don’t have to use a lot at once, the tube will last for quite some time. The end result? Fantastic!

FLOVE IT!!!! <3 <3 <3

Calling All Beauty Whores!!! Glam Up For Just $1 Until Midnight!!!

It’s the glam finale sale! Grab beauty favorites (starting at just $1) before they sell out for good! But don’t wait – this offer is only valid through 8/15.

Beautify on a budget with e.l.f. cosmetics! You cannot beat these steals!

Some of my personal faves…the 83-piece makeup collection for a mere $8 (FLOVE!), the professional travel brush set for $2 (crazy good deal since brushes are so expensive!), moisturizing lipstick for $1.50, and flawless face powder for $1.50, and hyper shine lipgloss for only $0.50 (did you see it in Allure magazine???).. You can literally create a brand-new makeup collection for around $20. Fantabulous deals!!! GAH! My finger is twitching…..

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Hmm, Hypnosis or Hydration???

I have a horrible habit. I bite my cuticles when I’m stressed, which is pretty much all the time. I’ve tried everything short of hypnosis to keep my fingers out of my mouth, and only one thing works.

Hydration.

Enter C.O. Bigelow’s All-Purpose Rose Salve.

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It’s emulsified with extra-soothing rose extract to help ease irritation and condition/hydrate the skin. Refresh your manicure and pedicure with a few quick dabs! You can use it on your lips, face, cuticles, elbows, knees… anywhere with chapped or very dry skin patches. That takes multi-purpose to a whole new level.

And it smells good. A definite beauty must-have!

Beachy…Wavy…Sexy

My hair is still recovering from the brutal winter. Highlights can only do so much to pep it up. It needs HELP in the form of PRODUCTS so I can get that sexy, beachy look without actually planting myself in the sand and getting windblown for hours. It all starts with the oil… and I’m not talking about the Australian Gold variety. Yet…

A friend of mine told me about Moroccanoil and I am a forever fan. It’s a little pricey, but so worth the money! My hair is incredibly soft and glossy when I use it. It truly is a miracle product. If your hair is colored, it adds a ton of moisture, especially at the ends where the color strips the most life from your locks.

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Moroccanoil Hair Treatment – $14.99

Now, to create those enviable waves, you need products that will give your hair texture. Start with this leave-in conditioner by Neutrogena. I initially bought it because my hair was super-staticy and this drenched it with the moisture it was craving. My hair is pretty long, so a dollop of this at the bottom helps me pull a comb through it. FYI…never brush your hair. It causes so much breakage…

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Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner, 8.5 Ounce – $4.96

Next, I use this curl sculpt lotion by Garnier. It’s light and gives the waves shape before I secure them in place with the Garnier scrunch gel. I know, I know. You’re probably thinking…scrunch equals crunch. But not so with this product! It’s got great hold without the crunch.  Finish it off with a few spritzes of hairspray and air dry for perfect beachy waves!

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Garnier Fructis Style Curl Sculpting Gel, 5.1-Fluid Ounce – $7.96

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Garnier Fructis Style Curl Scrunch Gel, 6.80 Ounce – $2.96

I can’t say enough great things about these products. Check out my video and see for yourself. =)

I’m ready for you, summer…

I Want To Smell Like Happy Hour…In A Yummy Way…

I love scented body cream, but of the brands I’ve tried, I haven’t found one that moisturizes as well as it smells. Until now…

Soap & Glory makes a body buttercream that is thick, goes on smooth, nourishes my skin and makes me smell like a lemon drop martini!!!! Helps get me through the week. =)

It’s actually lime-scented, but that’s what my mind conjures up when I’m slathering myself with it. By the way, never fully towel off before you apply the body butter…your skin will suck it in better if it’s wet.

Soap And Glory Sugar Crush Moisture Extreme Body Buttercream

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And if you can’t get enough of this delicious tangy scent, take it in the shower with you, lather up and scrub, scrub, scrub! Mmm… so delish. And it makes your skin feel soft, fresh, and polished. OMG, this whole product line makes me pine for Friday at 5:00!

Soap And Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub With Smashed Brown Sugar & Lime

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Soap And Glory Sugar Crush Fresh And Foamy Body Wash Sweet Lime Fragrance

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Cool & TAN For The Summer!!!

Is anyone else’s skin thirsty for some vitamin D????

This April-May cloudy-rainy-raw weather is a total downer! I need SUN! And in absence of those ultraviolet rays, I need PRODUCT!

Lucky for me, I have St. Tropez to help bridge the gap to our first beach weekend! This mousse is fantabulous! It smells pretty good, too. There are other formulas, but I like this one best. The color is instantaneous and will deepen as the hours pass. If you want a sexy glow, apply it every other day for a week. You’ll look like a bronzed goddess (or god, it works great for everyone). It’s pricey (around $35) but it’s a big bottle and will last you for quite a while (mine has been at least a month and a half).
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St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse

One hint…use gloves! Latex ones that actually fit your hand, unless you’re allergic… Powder free is best. I like my hands tan so once I finish slathering the mousse all over my body, I take one glove off and squirt a bit onto the top of my bare hand and rub it in with the gloved hand. Once the other glove comes off, I squirt a bit of tanner onto my second bare hand and then rub it in with the top of my other hand. Nothing ever gets rubbed into the palm! Ever! Always glove up, especially if you’re a fan of the french manicure, which I AM! These gloves are great and only about $9.

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Disposable Latex Gloves

Now, before you start this whole process, you need to prep. Exfoliate all the dead cells from your skin, making it smooth, polished and ready to absorb all that delicious color! St. Ives makes a yummy apricot scrub and at a little over $5, it won’t break the bank.

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St. Ives Fresh Skin Scrub

A couple of final tips…be sure to moisturize the insides and outsides of your elbows and knees, cuticles, heels and ankles. These areas get extra dry and you don’t want the color to settle in those places.

Happy tanning!

Beautyblender or Beautyblunder???

Lulu and I had a whirlwind day in New York City recently, and of course, we popped into Sephora because you can never have too many beauty products.

I made a bee line for the Beautyblender display. There were so many variations to choose from, but I wanted the original hot pink sponge applicator. I’d read all the hype and gaped at the video endorsements, but I had to test it out to see if it would make me look as perfectly airbrushed and flawless as promised.

Worth the $20? Heck, YES! It lasts for three months. Daily use!

 

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Beautyblender – Original Beauty Blender

 The only thing is, you need to use a special cleanser after you’ve completed your masterpiece. If you try to clean it with regular soap, the components of the sponge will break down. So, DON’T! The cleanser is $18, but really, it’s a small price to pay for beauty. =)

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     Beautyblender Sponge Cleanser 5 ounces

And, if you need a good laugh, you can check out my video tutorial… okay, maybe “tutorial” is a bit of a stretch…

*Please note there are affiliate links used in this post.

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