Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bringing out the Perfect Bombshell Red for Valentine’s Day: Illamasqua “I’m the One” Collection

Forget lingerie this Valentine’s Day… lingerie can make you feel fat and that’s simply not sexy. What makes me feel sexy? A fire engine red lip. Granted, not all reds are created equally.  Many reds tend to look too orangey on me so I’ve always gone tore towards the berry side.  But, I’ve always been searching for that perfect bombshell red — the color of lipstick I imagine Ingrid Bergman to have worn on her perfect pout. Alas, my search is over…

Illamasqua was kind enough to send me their “I’m the One” Collection, which includes Lip Pencil in Fiesty, Lipstick in Maneater, and Intense Lip Gloss in Touch.  And I’ve gotta tell you, wearing all three products together — first outlining with the pencil, then applying the lipstick, and then adding a dollop of gloss to the center of my lower lip — makes magic happen.

The lip pencil has vivid color and glides on seamlessly. The lipstick is just to die for… I don’t have words. If you’re going to buy one item from this collection I’d go with the lipstick. Of course, I’m not a lip gloss girl. The publicist who sent this to me said she’s been wearing the lip pencil with the lip gloss over it and she’s in love.  I will say this is the kind of lip gloss that could turn me — hydrating, intensely pigmented color with a subtle sparkle, and long lasting.

There is just something about this classic red lip that instantly transforms me from Janna in pajamas into sexy, sultry Janna in pajamas. Well, um of course I’m still wearing pajamas! Didn’t I explain the whole lingerie thing?? It’s all about the lip!!

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

MAC Masterclass Brushes: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

Once I laid eyes on the three brushes from the MAC Masterclass Brush Collection — Linear 1 Brush, Oval 3 Brush, and Oval 6 Brush   — the rational side of me said, “Janna, you have about 50 makeup brushes and you don’t need anymore” but the irrational beauty addict side (who incidentally has a record of winning these battles by a landslide) said, “Janna, you owe it to your readers to buy these strange toothbrush / baby hairbrush-looking makeup brushes.”  We all know who won…

What are these strange looking brushes?

From MAC…

M∙A∙C introduces a unique, breakthrough range of brushes that deliver a high level of performance and revolutionize personal makeup application. Ergonomically designed for even and effortless application, lush, silky, synthetic fibres are engineered to expertly pick up and apply product seamlessly. The brush handles feature a special grip design and a tilted brush tip for ultimate precision. M∙A∙C store exclusive.

What I Thought...

Linear 1 ($25):  MAC describes this brush as “With a short, narrow shape, the brush delivers a firm, precise stroke to line lashes and lips. Also defines and fills brows.” I personally thought the head was way too big to line lashes or lips. Though, I did love the brush for blending liner and shadow into my lash line.  I also liked it for filling in my brows, but it wasn’t a game changer. Verdict: Leave it.

Oval 3 ($32): MAC describes the Oval 3 as “The ultimate multipurpose tool, with an elongated oval shape and slightly pointed tip. Smoothly shades and blends powder or cream eye shadows, powder, and liquid or cream concealer in the hard-to-reach contours of the face.” Now, this brush I love… It is by far the best concealer brush I’ve ever used. Not only does it leave my face streak free, but because of it’s unique shape, it makes concealing the tough-to-reach places like my inner eye area and around the nose super simple. As for eye shadow, I definitely don’t recommend using this brush to apply shadow to the crease. The head is just too big and it drops way too much color. Instead, use this brush to blend the crease with a back-and-forth windshield wiper motion. Verdict: Love it!

Oval 6 ($42): MAC describes this brush as “Ideal for blush, foundation or powder, the rounded, medium-sized brush applies, blends and contours all over the face or cheeks for even, flawless coverage.” Okay… now this brush is a total game changer. Once you ladies get your grimy little fingers on this brush you will never use another foundation brush again. It is soooo soft and luxurious and blends foundation flawlessly, leaving you with a natural streak-free face.  I also use this brush for contouring my cheeks. It seems to have the perfect width and shape to fit in the hollows of my cheeks. I also find myself reaching for this brush to blend bronzer and blush. Verdict: BEYOND Love it!

I have to say, using these brushes have made putting on makeup fun again. You’ll find yourself looking for excuses to use them. Tip: Make sure you’re cleansing the brushes in between uses! Like an idiot, I used the Oval 3 to blend my brown eye shadow and then used it to apply my concealer. You can just imagine what that looked like.  (Bad Halloween)

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Friday, January 10, 2014

My New 5-Minute Makeup Routine!

Now that I have a baby girl, the days of me turning my makeup application process into a long, enjoyable ritual — taking an hour to carefully plan and execute the perfect smoky eye or shadowed winged eye while downing a couple glasses of chardonnay — are long gone.  Now, I’m lucky to have five minutes before my husband is calling me to the door.

People who aren’t true makeup lovers never understood how it could take me so long to get ready… It was never that I felt naked or ugly without a full face of makeup or that I’m so vain that I needed 60 minutes to perfect my face… I actually relished the process. It was almost a form of meditation for me.

I’ve found that even though I can’t take the time to create new dramatic makeup looks (and let’s face it, my social schedule isn’t quite demanding cat eyes and electric fuchsia lipstick), I enjoy the fact that I’ve been able to whittle down my routine significantly, still be pleased with the final product, and even get in 5 minutes of my own personal meditation:

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Mommy & Me Skincare: Baby Stella and I Are All About Egyptian Magic…

I know, I know… I promised that I wouldn’t become a dreaded mommy blogger now that I have a baby. BUT… It’s my duty to share with you my latest skincare love affairs. And, if said beauty product of my affection just so happens to be effective on both my bitchy sensitive skin and my 7-week-old baby, you should probably take note.

I’m not sure why it took me so long to try Egyptian Magic. I know I’ve read over the years that celebrities like Kate Hudson, Brooke Shields, Rachel Zoe, and Nicole Richie swear by the stuff for its “healing powers” for dry skin. I’m pretty sure Sephora used to carry it as well.  What got me to finally take the leap was a trip to Costco. Yeah, that’s right Costco.  You would be shocked at the treasures you would find in their beauty aisles.

So I went ahead and bought the set, which includes the 4 oz. and 2 oz. jars.  I went home and did a little research and found that not only is Egyptian Magic touted as a “miracle balm” for dry, sensitive skin, but it can also be used as a baby cream and diaper cream.  The all-natural balm is made with only six ingredients —  Honey, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen and Bee Propolis. No additives, preservatives, fragrances, chemicals or parabens. I use it every night as a sleeping moisture mask and I slather it on Baby Stella’s little body and her face after baths. (She loves a good massage just like her mommy) Not only has her dry skin gone away but her (gasp!) hormonal breakouts disappeared after a couple uses of the Egyptian Magic.

According to their website, the balm can also be used as an eye gel, a hair masque, burn and wound relief, and a shaving balm. I personally think it’s a bit pricey to use as a hair masque, but I can get why it would be good for the tresses. Unfortunately it does have one of those thick creamy consistencies that can be really addictive. It takes every bit of restraint for me to not stick my whole hand in the jar and scoop out enough to hydrate the neighborhood. Of course if I have a moment of weakness I can always steal Baby Stella’s jar… JOKES!

P.S. Do not buy Egyptian Magic on Amazon, Ebay or in China Town! There are tons of counterfeits out there. You can buy it direct from them here.

Come on, how great does Baby Stella’s skin look???

 

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Friday, November 29, 2013

The (Slightly) Selfish Holiday Beauty Gift Guide via Huffington Post

Happy Black Friday, everyone! I would be remiss (and slightly selfish) if I didn’t share with you my holiday gift guide I did for Huffington Post. I was so bored with the standard gift guides so I decided to change it up and go for a more honest approach — create a gift guide for everyone in my  life including myself.  So check it out and go Black Friday crazy!

Click here to read gift guide —> “The (Slightly) Selfish Holiday Beauty Gift Guide”

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Only Thing to Stop Me From Eating Too Much Pumpkin Pie: Naturopathica Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel

 

Happy Thanksgiving, lovelies! Listen, we all know Thanksgiving is a time for thanks and family, but let’s be honest — it’s also about the feast!  If you’re anything like me, you’re a whore for desserts so you carefully ration your turkey and stuffing intake to ensure you save room for pumpkin pie. My problem — I end up eating more than the standard portion. There, I said it.  I have a pie problem, especially where pumpkin is concerned.

So in order to minimize my caloric intake, I try and satiate my pumpkin pie craving while gently exfoliating and decongesting my skin with Naturopathica Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme PeelI cleanse my skin before I shower and then apply the enzyme peel mask and leave it on in the shower.  The steam from the shower helps activate the enzymes. This exfoliating mask is gentle yet effective —  I was even able to use it during my pregnancy.

Key Ingredients:

PUMPKIN: This is an exfoliation accelerator, a powerful antioxidant, and a mild retinoic acid substitute.

PUMPKIN ENZYMES: These help break down dead skin cells for a soft, smooth finish.

CINNAMON BARK, OREGANO & ROSEMARY EXTRACT:A potent trio of antiseptic herbs.

So hopefully by using this mask I will resist my powerful urges to shovel pumpkin pie in my face. Now if only Naturopathica made an apple pie-scented mask…

Have a wonderful holiday!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

I Know I’ve Been MIA… But I SWEAR I Have a Good Excuse!

…And her name is Stella Rose!

For those of you who feel completely abandoned by me, cursing my good name… How can you stay mad at me when you see my adorable excuse? Of course maybe I’m being narcissistic and you didn’t even notice I’ve been gone. Either way… The cute little princess in a tutu has taken up a great deal of time, but I’m ready to get back to beauty business!

Now, don’t worry… This isn’t going to turn into a mommy blog (though I do have a cute “Mommy and Me” skincare story). I’m just as bitchy as ever. Don’t believe me? Well, you obviously haven’t been reading my E! Entertainment Beauty Police column. I’ve been back with Beauty Police since last Monday and let’s just say I’ve been writing more “Beauty Bailouts” than “Get the Looks”.

So keep your eye out for more Beauty Binge posts and keep reading my E! Beauty Police for snarky commentary and makeup how-to’s. Binge on, lovelies!

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Spa Slut: The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

Forget Rice-A-Roni and Ghirardelli Chocolates, the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental is the true San Francisco treat. It seems like it’s always tough for urban luxury hotels to create a real “destination spa” environment when they are confined to a vertical building. Based on the names and prices, I have gone to many top luxury hotels in major cities and expected great things. But instead I have been underwhelmed by spas that were obviously jammed into a few renovated hotel rooms.

So you can imagine I wasn’t expecting Shangri-La when I visited the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco. Of course I should have known better. When I lived in New York City, I was a huge fan of the Mandarin Oriental Spa New York, but that spa is in a different hemisphere. Of course I had thoroughly examined the website and knew San Francisco wouldn’t have the same extras (like the Vitality Pool or Amethyst Crystal Steam Room )that are featured in NYC’s larger location.

Frankly, once those elevator doors opened I didn’t need any extras… I felt instantly transported to an exotic luxury spa, perhaps in Bali or Thailand. The ceilings are sky high (so in other words, the Mandarin didn’t break my cardinal sin of taking over a few hotel rooms) and the reception area has two dimly lit areas with sumptuous and silky seating areas.

As soon as I approached the reception desk, I was told to make myself comfortable while the attendant brought me delicious tea and a warm towel to begin my “journey.” He took my street shoes and replaced them with spa slippers. Pure class.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Total Game Changer: My Love Affair with Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream

That’s it. All my other lipsticks are going on the Velveteen Rabbit shelf. Why would I wear a lipstick that could dry out my lips or disappear after an hour when I could wear super creamy, ridiculous pigment, and long-lasting Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream ($28)? Ladies, I know I sound like a commercial but I can assure you I’m not getting paid (though I would certainly appreciate a life time supply of product). I’m seriously in love with this stuff.

One of the perks of being the writer of E! Online Beauty Police is I get sent tons of beautiful makeup for possible inclusion in my columns.  Bite’s publicist sent me the Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Muscato and I immediately slicked it on (obviously I insist on testing every product I recommend) to see how it looked.  I wasn’t expecting sparks since I’ve always been a lipstick vs. lip gloss girl, but this is no lip gloss my friends. It is a rich pigmented cream that applies with precision, doesn’t feather, and lasts for hours and hours.

The true test — my baby shower.  11:30 AM I applied the lip cream after lining my lips with Bite Beauty Contour Lip liner Cabernet ($24) (by the way, I was SO confident in the lip cream’s ability to perform I didn’t even fill in my lips with the liner. I knew this lip cream wouldn’t budge and dare leave me with just a lip liner outline). For the next five hours, that’s right five hours, I talked my head off, drank several glasses of water, stuffed my face with enough food to feed a football team, and when I looked in the mirror at 4:37 my lips looked the exact same as when I first applied the lip cream.

That my lovelies, is what we beauty addicts call pure magic.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Best Way to Get Skin Ready for Fall: Win Free Products from First Aid Beauty!

For those of you who’ve read Beauty Binge from the beginning you know I worship at the house of First Aid Beauty.  I find that it’s one of the only skincare brands that acts as a Valium to my overly sensitive drama queen skin. Um, thank GOD for their Ultra Repair Cream during my pregnancy. At first I was hesitant to waste that fluffy hydrating goodness on my body… But, when my belly and legs got attacked by a bad case of the pregnancy itchies, I found the Ultra Repair was the only cream that managed to calm my skin and prevent me from lighting it on fire. I was also worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up any kind of anti-aging regimen while I was pregnant but after doing some research I found the Dual Repair line was safe for mommys-to-be. So I use the Dual Repair Power Serum every day before my moisturizer. Everyone wins.

Okay, enough about me…

Let’s talk about how you can win some products!  First Aid Beauty is giving away over $600 worth of products in their “Fab to the Rescue Sweeps”.  Here are the prizes:

- 1  Grand Prize: $300 prize pack including Ultra Repair Cream, Oatmeal Mask, Facial Radiance Polish, Dual Repair Eye Cream, and more!

- 2 Runners Up: $150 prize pack including various First Aid Beauty Products

To enter, either click the photo above or follow this link: http://on.fb.me/1aliIqe

Good luck my lovelies!

 

 

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