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Beauty Travel Kit

17 Nov

As the holiday season approaches many of us will be leaving our homes to visit friends and relatives. While visiting loved ones is fun, packing for your trip can be a pain and it seems inevitably you forget something. That’s why we planned the perfect beauty travel kit, sure to include everything you need without taking up too much space.

1) Foundation, concealer, and powder

These are basic you should never travel without. Foundation polishes your look; concealer masks blemishes and under eye circles and powder sets it.We love Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier, they never fail us.

2) Eyeliner, in brown or black

Choose a liner, based on your hair color and it can double as eyebrow filler. Try Napoleon Perdis eyebrow pencil, looking for a more affordable version try the NP collection for Target.

3) Mascara

Another basic you should never travel without. We love Dior’s DiorShow Blackout Mascara.

4) Lipstick or lip color in a rosy pink shade

Lipstick can double as blush and works for day or evening. We like Nars in Dolce Vita.

5) Eye shadow

You only need a couple shades for every day and evening. We like CoverGirl’s Eye Enhancers 4-kit shadows, they come in a variety of shades and they’re compact.

The stress of travel can be hard on your skin, so always pack these skincare necessities as well. Makeup wipes because you should never sleep with your makeup on and wipes are quick and easy, perfect when you’re sharing a bathroom with all your relatives. A good moisturizer because dry skin is impossible to hide, so keep yours hydrated. Lastly a gentle face scrub to slough away dead skin cells and keep skin glowing.

What are your beauty essentials? Let us know and leave a comment!

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Fall Makeup Look

15 Nov

With fall underway and the fashion trends changing as quickly as the color of the leaves, we decided to create a makeup look inspired by the warm tones of autumn. Colors like brown and burgundy perfectly accent warm sweaters and boots and will surely warm up your makeup look to match how you feel in hats and scarves. We went with a bold red lip color and neutral tones for the eyes to capture what we love most about the changing of the season, which are the warm, comforting colors. Follow the easy steps below to accomplish this fabulous fall makeup look.

Step 1) To create a base apply under eye concealer and tinted moisturizer. We used Laura Mercier.Cover eye with a neutral champagne colored eyeshadow. The apply a pearly white shadow underneath the eyebrow.Fill in brows with eyebrow pencil. We used Revlon Brow Fantasy.

Step 2) Using a burgundy color highlight the crease of your eye blending upwards and down to the inner corner of the eye. We used the colors in NYX Makeup Artist kit.

Step 3) Now using a bronze eye pencil line the lower lash line. We used Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear eyeliner pencil in Via Appia. Then apply a black mascara we used Benefits They’re Real!

Step 5) Finish the look with a deep red lipstick. We used Rimmel Lasting Finish Intense Wear lipstick in Temptation.

 We hope you’ve enjoyed this fall-inspired makeup look. Leave us a comment and let us know what you love most about fall!

Product Review-Pur Minerals

10 Nov

Mineral based makeup is nothing new. The infomercials for Bare Minerals have been running for years, and now you can purchase them at major makeup retail chains like Sephora. So when we received a sample for another brand of mineral makeup claiming to be a godsend, we were skeptical about just how different this brand could be from others out there. Surprisingly, Pür Minerals delivers on its promise. The 4-in-1 pressed powder blends easily into skin, offers full but natural coverage, and brightens your complexion. After using the 4-in-1 pressed powder for a week, skin is noticeably glowing. Pür Minerals also offers a range of pure-pigment colors that match even the most unique skin tones. The pressed powder can be used alone for sheer coverage or over your foundation. With such great results for the 4-in-1 powder, we are eager to try more Pür Minerals products.

The company says, “Our products contain NO harsh chemical dyes, petroleum-based oils, fragrance or fillers, just pure mineral pigments and nourishing actives that all skin types can enjoy. By combining the finest in technology with the finest in nature, Pür Minerals bridges the gap between mineral cosmetics and full-service skin care.”

Is there a mineral based brand you love? Let us know and leave a comment!

Fall Makeup Trends

1 Nov

Turn the sidewalk into the catwalk with the hottest runway inspired makeup trends. Makeup completes your look, reflects your style, and like your wardrobe, should be updated with the season, especially when the season brings playful and iconic looks inspired by the best designers. We scoured the fall runways to find three irresistible makeup looks you must try this season.

Burberry’s new campaign featured models with flawless skin and minimal makeup except for distinct heavy lined eye with a wing reminiscent of Sophia Loren.  Winged eyeliner is a timeless makeup look that can be adapted for lots of different trends. This is a makeup look that might take some practice to master, so follow our advice to achieve the perfect wing.

1. Use a small angled brush to apply black gel eyeliner, starting at the inner corner of top lash line.

2. Create a thick line as close to lashes as possible, you can always clean it up with Q-tips later.

3. When you reach the end of your lash line, flick your wrist upwards to create the wing.

Now you have the option to smudge the eyeliner for a more undone look, which is closer to the Burberry ad, or you can clean up the line with Q-tips for a sleek modern look.

The bold eye trend continued at Fendi’s runway show. Models were featured with bright reds and metallic gray eye shadow, paired with dewy, bare skin. Bold eye makeup is an easy way to add style to your everyday look. When wearing such bright colors, remember to keep the rest of your makeup basic. With temperatures cooling in the fall months you can use loose powder or cream eye shadow.

Prada’s fall campaign featured models with matte skin and monochromatic makeup shades used on eyes, lips, and cheeks. This understated style is easy to achieve. Use an all-purpose makeup stick in a peach or apricot pastel shade that will flatter your skin tone. Start with a natural looking matte face. Then apply the makeup stick to eyes, cheeks, and lips, layering to meet your desired shade. Blending is the key to a clean natural look. And don’t forget to use powder. This sets your makeup, ensuring a long-lasting, fabulous look. Makeup is meant to be experimented with, so play with these trends and find a look to complete your style.

Halloween Costume – 1950s Zombie Housewife

27 Oct

Since the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, zombies have been a pop culture staple. Recently Zombies have made a comeback with the TV series, The Walking Dead, movies like Dawn of the Dead, and even popular novels are receiving a zombie upgrade like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Creating a Zombie look is surprisingly easy and doesn’t require a lot of makeup,but to put our own spin on the deadtastic Halloween costume, our zombie look is a 1950s housewife, complete with pearls and an apron. So, if you’re feeling like taking a bite out of Halloween, try this Zombie look.

Step 1- Using your finger, sponge, or a makeup brush, evenly apply white makeup paint to your entire face. For a full zombie effect, blend down your neck as well.

Step 2- Apply black makeup paint to the entire eye area, from your eyebrow to your eyelid, and also under your eyes. Smudge the paint around the edges to blend it.

Step 3- Blend black makeup paint into the hollows of your cheekbones. It is easiest to apply paint if you suck in your cheeks.

Step 4- Smudge black makeup paint above the outer corners of your eyebrows on your forehead and into your hairline. This will give your face a bruised look.

Step 5- Using a Q-tip, draw squiggly lines in blue makeup paint around your forehead, eyes, and lips to give the appearance of veins.

Step 6 – Liberally apply fake blood around your mouth and chin. You can also go down your neck for a more gruesome look.

What kind of zombie would you be? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Halloween Costume – Sugar Skull

13 Oct

With Halloween approaching, it’s time to start preparing for the fun festivities that are celebrated on this spooktacular holiday. Nowadays, Halloween costumes can cost a pretty penny, so we’ve decided to create costumes that are heavily makeup based. You don’t have to buy a lot of items or products, and these fantastic looks will surely be a hit at any party.

Last week we featured a how-to on creating a comic book character look. Today we’re heading in a different direction, creating a costume that is eerily gorgeous and a popular image among Hispanic and Latin American cultures. The look we’ve created was inspired by the sugar skull, which represents the soul of a departed loved one on Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. This Halloween look is beautiful and easy to accomplish if you follow the steps below.

Step 1) Using a white eyeliner pencil, line around the areas of the face you intend to add color too. Try Revlon.

Step 2) Using a foundation brush and a cream white foundation, create a smooth base over entire face. We used Celebre professional.

Step 3) For the eyes, fill in the area from eyebrow to just underneath the bottom lash line using a jumbo blue pencil. We used NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Electric Blue.

Step 4) Draw circles around the eyes and create small petals using a black eyeliner pencil. We used Sephora Glitter eye pencil in Black Electric.  Fill in the petals using a red lipstick and lipstick brush.

Step 5) To create the spider web, take a ruler and draw a line starting in the center of the forehead. Draw four more lines, using the ruler, and connect to create a web look. Blend center lines with small brush to soften the look.

Step 6) Use black eyeliner to create the spider and fill in the bottom of nose, creating a clover like design.

Step 7) Draw two black lines starting at the corner of the mouth and drawing out to the jaw bone. Fill in lips with red lipstick. We used Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Temptation. Then using a black eyeliner pencil, create short evenly spaced lines across the lines and mouth.

Step 8 ) Create a small flower on the chin using the same blue eyeliner for the center and the red lipstick for the petals. Finish the look with a pair of sparkly false eyelashes and a red rose.

We hope you enjoy this cool Halloween look. Leave a comment and let us know!

Halloween Costume-Comic Book Girl

6 Oct

Halloween is just around the corner and it is our favorite makeup holiday because you can do whatever you want and fit in everywhere. From vampires to clowns, makeup is essential to perfect any costume. It takes your outfit to the next level and can impress all of your fellow Halloween partygoers. What we love about extravagant makeup on Halloween, is that you can get away without having to shell out a lot of money on a costume, and most of the costume looks we are going to feature this year doesn’t require you to buy a lot of new product.

Inspired by superheroes and villains, we decided to create a costume that looks like it’s just jumped off the page of a comic book. The comic book character look is simple and easy, and you can even base it off any of your favorite heroes. We went with a general look, creating our own personal character. Follow the steps below to complete your Halloween costume.

Step 1) Apply a white costume makeup to skin, be sure to blend.

Step 2) Next, use black eyeliner to fill in brows completely. We used Sephora Smudge Pots black gel liner.

Step 3) Use the same eyeliner and draw a line along the bottom of your nose, on each side.  Then draw a small line along the dimple of each cheek.

Step 4) Now line each eye, creating a thick line along the upper and lower lash line. To create the wing draw the pencil out along the upper lash line stopping just beneath the brow.

Step 5) Now apply a thin layer of eyelash glue to false eyelashes and apply to upper lash line. The Sephora brand collection has great variety.

Step 5) For the lips, line as you would normally would, but use black eyeliner. Fill in lips with a deep red. We used Maybelline in Red Revival.

Step 6) For the dots use a red lipstick and lip brush. Create diagonal lines of dots across the face. Keep the lines even by starting the next one in the empty space below.

What’s your Halloween costume this year? Leave us a comment and let us know!