Sunday, September 26, 2010

Party Hardy!

So, you stayed out way too late and had too much to drink. Oops.

We’re going to make you look like a million bucks when you only feel like $250K.

Water – You’re dehydrated and it’s showing in your skin. Hydrate and not only will you feel better, but you’ll look better too.

Breaktfast - Eat a balanced breakfast. Eggs, fruit and whole grain toast is a great option, if you have the time. If you don’t, a protein bar, like Luna Bar Blueberry Bliss ($1.50, Grocery and convenience Stores). These are delicious, quick and packed with protein and vitamins.

Exfoliate – This Pevonia Spa Teen Blemished Skin Cleanser ($22, is a wonderful exfoliant. They are idiots for calling it a teen product. It can be used by anyone. It has a physical, Micronized Walnut Powder, and chemical exfoliant, Salicylic and Lactic Acid, to make your skin look radiant and brand new. Plus, it has a fresh citrus smell that will wake you up!

Moisturize – Use an oil-free tinted moisturizer to make your skin glow. The Smooth Operator Tinted Moisturizer from tarte ($36, is an excellent way to moisturize, protect and invigorate your skin. It has sodium hyaluronate which binds moisture to your skin. It has antioxidants and extracts like chamomile that soothe and reduce inflammation. For an extra glow, mix Clinique Up-lighing Liquid Illuminater ($22.50, into your moisturizer before you apply it.

Conceal – Conceal those undereye circle easily with this duo from Laura Mercier. The Secret Camoflouge ($28, comes with two colors so you can easily mix together the right color. Use your ring finger to blend into the eye area. This will warm the product and make you look like you actually got your 8 hours of beauty sleep.

Blush – This will bring back your natural flush. Try Covergirl’s Cheekers in Pretty Peach ($5, drugstores) to get a nice, soft glow. Make sure to smile so you can easily find the apples of your cheeks.

Lip Stain – This is the easiest way to get hassle-free color. Stila’s Lip and Cheek Stain in Cherry Crush ($24, is a sheer berry red. This product can be used on your lips or cheeks or both. Yay, for multipurpose products!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Taylor Momsen, Rock Chick Inspired Look

I had so much fun doing this look. I don't typically wear really heavy makeup. I normally just wear a nude base color, a brown crease color and a highlighter, so wearing black is really fun for me! I went around town all day and was in such a good mood because I loved my look! :)

This is a super easy look that doesn't take too much time. It does take some patience because it can be a little messy. I would recommend trying it out once before you try to wear it somewhere.

I don't really know much about Taylor Momsen other than her eye makeup. I had no idea she is only 16.

Primer - Start with your Primer (DUH). A Primer is really important when you're doing extreme colors. It's not always important for daily wear, but I recommend it for this look. Use your fave!

Crease - Dark Brown - Coastal Scents Palette - Starting with your crease ensures that it will be defined properly. Using a soft brown creates an easy transition between the black and your highlight color. This is really important. It will also give you a nice outline when applying the black eyeshadow. Use your favorite crease brush. I got mine at Target!

Eyeliner - NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Black Bean - I love these eye pencils from NYX. They're really cheap. I got mine at Ulta and all the NYX cosmetics were buy 1, get 1 50% off. Heck yes! Let it dry before you open your eye, or you will end up with a mess! You don't have to be precise with this. You line can be messy, just like mine in the video, because we will be blending it anyway.

Base Color - Black - Coastal Scents Palette - This black is the basis for this look. I'm using my BareEscentuals Precision eye brush. I love this brush, but you could use any eyeshadow brush. Make sure you stay on your lid and blend really well. This part can take a while, so go slow. It's better to go slow because you will make less mistakes and won't have to spend a lot of time correcting.

Silver Metallic Color - Coastal Scents Palette - Choose the color that is right for the look you want. This color will give you the metallic sheen. Apply layer after layer until you get the desired effect. You don't necessarily have to do this, but it gives this look a more elegant feel. If you want just a matte black look skip this step.

Highlighter - Covergirl Shimmering Sands Trio - Lightest Color - I love this highlight color and this Trio. I actually use it on a daily basis. It's really inexpensive and the light color is my favorite highlighter ever. I used my smudge brush (which I also got at Target) to place the shadow more precisely. I typically use my fingers for highlighter, but it was important not to smear the black, I recommend using a tightly packed brush to place your highlighter.

Eyeliner on the Waterline - Covergirl Perfect Point Eyeliner - Black - You can use whatever eyeliner you want. Black is the best color. A waterproof liner is another idea. I like the Le Stylo Waterproof from Lancome. If you plan on spending all day in this makeup, waterproof is ideal. The liner doesn't have much to adhere to when you place it on your waterline. Make sure you DO NOT share eyeliners with friends and family if you place it on your waterline. It's important to clean it with alcohol each time you use it to avoid eye infections.

Lining the Lower Lash Line - I used the other end (pointier end) of my precision eye brush to place my black and metallic gray/silver color along my lower lashes. Make sure you blend really well so there are no gabs between your lash line and waterline.

Curl you lashes, apply a black mascara of your choice.

Add a highlighting top coat. I used the Max Factor Vivid Impact Highlighter in Blazing Black. I choose to use a fun topcoat color to add a pop of color. Whenever I wear this mascara it will catch people's eye and they love it.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Coastal Scents 88 Color Palette

I finally broke down and bought one. Everyone on youtube seems to love them so I thought I would buy one. I really like mine and think that I will be able to create some really fun looks. I look forward to sharing the looks that I create with you.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Simple Matte and Conservative Look

Thank you to everyone who is subscribing and giving me positive feedback for my videos. :)

The look I did today is a really basic look. It is quick, easy and can be done with any number of colors. You can dress it up, dress it down or any way you like. I wore the look around all day and got lots of compliments.

I did want to include a picture of my Sephora Palette so it's easier to know which colors I used. I hope this helps make it more clear.

I would encourage anyone who is new to makeup or looking for a simple way to spruce up their makeup collection, to purchase some sort of palette of multiple colors. My Sephora palette only cost me $30 and has given me endless amounts of looks. It's really worth the money. The best way to guarantee that inexpensive eyeshadows will have a rich pigment,  eye primer. You don't have to use a primer every day, but if you want to use it for special occasions it's worth it!

So what should I look for in a primer!? Silicone, Silicone, Silicone. Most primers have either Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, or some form of Silicone. You want to make sure it's in the top 3 ingredients of a product. Here is some information I found about Silicone products used in cosmetics.

Silicones are used as emollients (skin softeners), as lubricants, as thickeners, and as volatile liquids that make coatings feel smooth, but evaporate without leaving a greasy residue.
Highly cross-linked silicone films are used in cosmetics to form films that absorb sebum (skin oils) and prevent shine.

Cyclopentasiloxane is a low viscosity, volatile liquid used as a carrier. It lubricates, and prevents hair sprays from being sticky to the touch. It evaporates completely, leaving no residue.

Dimethicone is another name for polydimethylsiloxane and is used to impart a soft velvety feel to hair or skin products. It is also used as an emulsifier for "water-in-oil" emulsions.

Trimethylsiloxysilicate is a film forming resin, used to keep hand lotions and sunscreens from washing off.

Cetearyl methicone is a polysiloxane wax. It replaces petrolatum in products such as hand lotions to give them a non-greasy feel.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Quick and Easy Flawless Face

Hey Everyone!

I just added the latest video to youtube! It's all about flawless skin!

I did this tutorial because I wanted to share with everyone how quick and easy mineral makeup is. I really love mineral makeup for a few reasons.

1. It's natural.
2. Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are natural sunblocks. They physically block the sun, while other chemical sunscreens just absorb.
3. It gives your skin a flawless look in just a few strokes. Some require a lot of buffing, but it's not as messy as liquid.
4. It won't clog your pores.

When you're looking for a mineral makeup, price is definitely a factor. I know it can be expensive, but remember you get what you pay for. I prefer to splurge on mineral foundation as opposed to eyeshadow and other products because those are a dime-a-dozen. I can find quality eyeshadow for $1 to $100, but when it comes to mineral foundation the pricier stuff tends to be better.

I always recommend Bare Minerals as a place to start. It is relatively inexpensive and commonly available. You can even order one of their starter kits from for about $60. This typically includes 2 different foundation colors, so you can get the right color, warmth, and mineral veil. The kits also include a few brushes. The brushes are good quality. That is what I did when I first started using mineral makeup.

I found out about Jane Iredale when I started working at a spa that carried it. Her powder foundations are great and often recommended by dermatologist. Her powders and her quad bronzers, Sunbeam and Moonglow are really the only products of hers that I believe stand out. I think that her liquid products, like Dream Tint and her Liquid Minerals, have a funky smell! :)

The products used in this video :

Neutrogena 3-in-1 Under-eye Concealer - Fair - It's a creamy texture and has some yellowish undertones to help cover the blue/purple colors under your eyes. This isn't mineral based, but it's a nice product.

Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Powder - Ivory - This is a wonderful foundation that also doubles as a concealer. In the video I use a concealer brush to cover up any distractions. Then I use a kabuki brush to cover my whole face. Remember when using mineral powder, or any powder for that matter, you want to go in a downward motion. This downward motion is very important because of the vellus or baby fine hair on our face. That hair grows in a downward direction. Basically follow the direction of hair growth!

bareMinerals Warmth All Over Face Color - I use this as a bronzer. It creates a warm glow and helps bring life to one's face. I use the "3" motion to apply it to areas the sun would naturally hit. We want to fake our sun exposure! I used bareMinerals Full Flawless Face Brush to apply it.

bareMinerals Blush - Hint - This color has pink warm shades. It's a nice blush almost anyone can use. I applied it in a downward and upward motion. Always smile when you are looking for the apples of your cheeks. It's the best way to find them and smiling is always good for you! :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

First Video Up!

Hey everyone!

My first tutorial is up and running. I'm really excited to have started this new adventure. I hope my tutorials are helpful and I'm looking forward to getting requests and hearing what you think.

I'm going to be launching a Halloween Tutorial Special for you all soon. Look for it at the end of the month. If you have any requests for your costume please feel free to contact me. Sending pictures and links are always helpful!

Thanks so much for watching.