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

 

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!

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.

Printouts For My Face May Be 3-D But The End Result Is Just The Opposite

I’m a beautyphile.  Is that the right word?  Or is it beautyophile?  I’m not sure.  Either way, it means that I have about seven million beauty products lining cabinets, drawers, makeup bags and closets…and I keep buying more and more.  You name it, I’ve either got it or tried it and returned it.  =)

The other day I caught a clip on the Today show about a Harvard B-school grad who came up with the idea to print makeup using a 3-D printer for the bargain price of $300 (cost of the device).  The entrepreneur behind this idea believes the selling point behind this product is to replicate any possible color/shade/hue from the device.

But there’s an issue, which I’ll illustrate with a little anecdote of my own.

I have a girlfriend who lives in Fort Lauderdale.  Another beauty(o)phile.  She found a company that can match lipstick colors for about $30 per tube.  Now, I never had a need for this kind of service in the past because I always had a stash of thousands waiting to be used.  I never committed to one single color…EVER.  Until one day I stopped into Saks Fifth Avenue.  The Armani Beauty counter called to me and what the hell?  It was my birthday so why not go and get a lunchtime makeover?

The makeup artist who worked on me pulled out all the stops, sensing I was about to drop some serious coin.  And she was right. I looked freaking fabulous!  So when she held up THE lipstick and told me to trust her, that it’s not as pink as it looks especially if you fill in your lips with THIS complimentary lipliner, I believed her.

I bought the tube and proceeded to wear it EVERY DAY.  When it finally ran out, I went back to replenish my supply.  Nooooo!  It was a seasonal color and no longer available…ANYWHERE.  I searched online, but no dice.  My signature color was gone, just like that.  It was heartbreaking.  And even though I had so many replacements begging to take on the role of my next favorite shade, I never found one that quite measured up (still looking, sad to say).

Until my friend took my empty tube and had a new tube created.

The color was right on target, but the SHIMMER, the essential part of the original formula, was missing. It was completely matte and when applied, the result was much different from that of its beloved predecessor.

Bottom line?  It’s not always about the color.  Ironically, you can use a 3-D printed to print makeup that basically has zero dimensionality.  It will just be about color.  No shimmer, no frost, no sheen…no depth.

Not for me.  =)

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