Monday, October 18, 2010

Natural Look Using Bare Escentuals Eye Shadow

Hey Everyone!

I just uploaded my latest video! I was really excited to do this look, because it's a look anyone can wear. It's perfect for young and mature skin.

Watch it HERE!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Autumn Inspired Look

Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. I love all of the fun activities and the colors. This look was inspired from a trip to the pumpkin patch. You've got corn, pumpkins, gourds, leaves changing colors, the dirt... it's all so beautiful!

I wanted to create a look using these colors, that was simple and you could wear to the pumpkin patch or whatever Autumn activity you're doing. It only takes a few minutes to do this look. Plus if you have blue eyes, it will make them pop!

I will walk you through the steps, or you can watch the video here

Start with primer if you chose.

Then take your NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk and put it all over your lid. Do put it on the inner corner of your lower lash line. This will be the base for the colors, mostly yellow. It's important that they stand out as colors and don't make you look sickly. When done incorrectly, yellow and orange can make you look sick.

Start by defining your crease. It's best to do this first when working with such light colors. This requires a dark brown shade.  I used the Bare Escentuals Light Stroke brush. It's much like their Max Coverage Brush.

Next, apply your yellow shadow to your inner third and onto the lower lash. Use any eyeshadow brush to pat it onto the eye.

Now, Apply the lighter brown shade to the outer corner. This doesn't have to be perfect. I used my Precision Eye Brush (they eyeshadow brush end). Make sure to only use one side.

Lastly, pat orange into the middle third of your eye. This is right above the iris and will make blue eyes stand out. I used to the other side of Precision Eye.

Now, highlight you brow bone and under the eye. Then using a fluffy blending brush, carefully blend the colors on your eyelid together.

Curl your lashes and apply mascara and you are good to go! :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Welcome to Cocktail Hour - The Basics of Foundation

Who doesn't love having a drink and talk about beauty with a girlfriend. Cocktail Hour is going to be the latest segment, that will always feature a guest. Nobody likes to drink alone. And you shouldn't.

The Recipe
3 cups Simply Orange Juice with Pineapple - best juice ever!
1-2 shots Meyers Dark Rum
1-2 shots Cruzan Coconut Rum
A splash of Triple Sec

Blend together. Add ice to glasses and pour. This will make enough for 2 to 3 girlfriends to have a nice evening cocktail together!

This episode we discussed Foundation. I know a lot of people are really intimidated by choosing a foundation. It's hard! I have had a really hard time matching people and it's frustrating. Sometimes you have to mix two colors together to get the right color, but who wants to buy two foundations. It's good to pick a line that has lots of colors to choose from.

Figuring out your undertones is pretty simple, just have to look at the whole picture. Look at the undertones in the basis of pink, yellow or neither/both. What do you think you have? Olive tones fall into the warm category.

It's strange to me that sometimes when I pick out foundation, I'm a cool with one line and a neutral with others. Sometimes it's their formulations and sometimes it's you. Sun exposure can alter the undertones present. Remember you best anti-aging tool is sunscreen, so wear it, but if we spend lots of time in the sun in the summer or year round, it's going effect our undertones. That's totally normal.

Picking out the right color is tricky and if you are somewhere in the middle always go with the lighter shade. You can always add bronzer, but if you have a shade that's slightly too dark for you, you won't be able to wear bronzer because your face and body colors won't match. If you find a shade the disappears completely on your face, that is the color for you. You don't want to see the color. Foundation is supposed to make you look flawless, not like an Umpa Lumpa, unless, of course, that was the look you were going for!

Keep in mind that you should drink alcohol in moderation. It dehydrates your skin and aggravates Rosacea. Do not drink if you are under the legal age limit. Never, never, never drink and drive.

If you have any question, comments, concerns and/or requests, please let me know!

Watch the video here!

Cocktail Hour - Foundation