Posts Tagged ‘Dior’

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Podcast: Favorite New Beauty Products in My Arsenal

Tune into the My Beauty Binge podcast this week to hear me share some of my favorite new beauty products that just joined my coveted arsenal. For those of you who regularly read my blog you know it’s tough competition for  beauty products in my house. One wrong move and the product is banished to the beauty graveyard. On the other side of the spectrum are the new products that manage to rock my world enough to immediately make it into my daily regimen.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Podcast: How to Get the Wearable Trends from the Runways & Red Carpet

Tune into the My Beauty Binge podcast this week to find out the hottest makeup trends that rocked the runways and the red carpets these past few weeks.  You will also learn how to recreate the most wearable, flattering trends at home.

Jason Wu NYFW 2013

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Fighting to Hold on to that Last Bit of Summer Glow

You’re starting to notice the evenings are getting cooler and your husband or boyfriend is mysteriously absent all the time because he’s furiously trying to strategize his fantasy football team before next Sunday.   These looming signs of Fall mean that natural sunny glow you achieved (by wearing at least SPF 30 I would like to think) is going to start to fade over the next couple weeks. Don’t expect your usual summer bronzer will suffice unless you’re aiming for a war paint look.

It’s time to tone down the brown and go for a more natural glow. My favorite Fall bronzer is Orlane Soleil Cuivre 02 Compact Bronzer ($40) – with its finely milled texture leaving a subtly sheer healthy glow,  this bronzer works on almost every skin tone.   I also love that despite having “compact” in its name it has a 5″ diameter meaning you can easily swirl the largest fluffiest brush around in it and apply to both face and body.  I love using my luxurious Dior ‘Backstage Foundation – Light Coverage’ Powder Brush ($55) with this bronzer to give my face, decollate, and shoulders that last bit of summer I need to get me through the forthcoming football Sundays.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Drugstore Cowgirl Part 2: Best Drugstore Makeup & Cosmetics Buys

Welcome to Week 2 of my thriftathon where I share which beauty products you should be pilfering from the bonanza awaiting you at your local drugstore.  This week I’m focusing on the makeup aisle.  Come on, does’t it bring back memories of that first time you and your girlfriends shopped in the makeup aisle by yourselves?  I was in 6th grade and I was with my very sophisticated friends Meredith and Kim, who were both rocking Madonna floppy lace bows and electric blue eyeliner.  I wasn’t supposed to wear makeup yet but come on, like I was going to obey that rule.  Incidentally the first item Meredith and Kim introduced me to, Wet n Wild Brow & Eye Pencil, appears as #2 on my list since it is still a staple in my makeup bag.

1.  Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49):  I am not going to beat an empty Sephora bag here…  I’ve written about these hydrating, long-lasting gems, dramatically sang their praise in a video, and basically spread the gospel to any woman who would listen that these lipsticks are the cats pajamas.  I have them in every color and wear several combinations a day. Enough said.

2. Wet n Wild Brow & Eye Pencil ($.99)  Nothing takes you from boring day makeup to sexy going-out makeup faster than a couple swipes of eyeliner, which is why these pigmented pencils have graced the bottom of every handbag I’ve carried since the days of teasing my bangs and wearing thick bubblegum-hued lip gloss.  The pencil creates a thin opaque line that can be both smudged and applied on the inner rim. And let’s face it, $.99 for 7 inches (same length as a standard #2 pencil) of good eye pencil ain’t too shabby!
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Friday, March 9, 2012

Bright Lights, Big City: Neon, Neon Everywhere

From the runways to the subways, I’m seeing nothing but neon.

Neon makeup and hair started lighting up the runways last year, and since then this 80s staple trend quickly blinded  the masses with an explosion of day-glo fashion and beauty products.  Walking down the streets of NYC, I see everything from young girls with fluorescent hair streaks and matching lipstick to career fashionistas furiously typing away on their smart phones with nails painted in the season’s latest electric colors.

Don’t be intimidated into thinking that if you incorporate a little neon, you’re a couple of leg warmers away from becoming Pat Benatar. Just be careful to tone down your outfit and the rest of your makeup (think neutrals across the board) to avoid anything aggressively offensive.  Kidding.  (kind of kidding)

Eyes

If you’re not in the mood to do a full eye of makeup, just add a little pop of color with neon mascara, as seen on the models at Stella McCartney AW 2012 Paris.  Makeup Artist Master Pat McGrath used Cover Girl Lashblast 24 Hour Mascara coated with a blue pigment gel to achieve the look. At home, apply two coats of your favorite volume-pumping mascara in black, let it dry, and then coat with an electric blue mascara like Tokidoki Punk Lash Mascara in Baby Rocker.

Backstage beauty at Stella McCartney AW 2012 Paris (photo via WWD)

Or, for a more subtle look, you can swipe a brightly-colored liquid liner along your upper lash line like my minxy blonde friend Kat (see below).  Kat used Sephora Liquid Liner in Fancy Blue to achieve her look:

Kitty Kat in her electric blue liner

 

Lips

Go bold or go home.  Maria rocks a different day-glo shade every day. She doesn’t care if it’s 8 AM in Midtown Manhattan on a Monday, she’ll be wearing a fluorescent fuchsia.   Try a bold pink like Mirabella Lip Colour in Over the Top, which is highly pigmented color yet doesn’t bleed.  Or, add a pop of orange (after all, Tangerine Tango is the Pantone color of the year) try  MAC Pro Amplified Creme Lipstick in Neon Orange, or go for a more sheer shade like Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Lip Gloss in Citrus.

 

Milly Backstage Beauty Spring 2012, photo via Creative Nail Design

 

Twinkle by Wenlan Backstage Beauty, Spring/Summer 2010, photo via nymag.com

 

Nails

If you feel like you’re on the cusp of being too shy to pull off this look,  take baby steps and paint your nails a different blinding hue every week (or day, if you happen to have the time and dedication). Every brand seems to have a color story this Spring involving neon. Have fun experimenting with the under $10 brands like China Glaze Poolside Collection ($6.50 per bottle / $17.75 for set of 6)  and invest wisely in the premium lines like Dior ($23 per bottle).  Make sure you test the level of opacity.  It may look bold in the bottle, but sheer once its on your nail.  To make a neon pop even more, apply an opaque white like Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in White On as your base coat and then paint two coats of your neon.

 

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Friday, November 4, 2011

I Guess Beauty is in the Eye(liner) of the Beholder

My gorgeous friend Jen wrote in on my eyeliner post. Since the first day I met her, Jen has always had impeccable makeup (of course she is one of those girls who doesn’t even need makeup), so obviously  I trust her opinion implicitly:

“hey janna, after trying many eyeliners including the Dior my fave is by kat von d. it is her liquid eyeliner pen in trooper. it is way cheaper than the dior and better. the dior would actually cause an allergic reaction on my lid. it is usually sold out of sephora so you are better off ordering it online. love your halloween costume by the way. so sad we missed the party. xx jen”

So ladies, I have no choice but to warn you about the Dior Liquid Eyeliner. If you have sensitive eyes like Jen you may want to skip this product. It’s tough to spot-test with liquid eyeliner. Oviously it’s unsanitary to sample it in-store, and it’s tough to justify spending $33 for a product you may have to throw away.  I personally wear contacts and can get itchy eyes, but I did not have a reaction.  I love it!

Thanks for the note, Jen. I will definitely give the  Kat Von D liner a try!

Photo courtesy of ~Wytske

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Purrfect Eyeliner(s)…

After wasting hundreds of dollars and enduring red, irritated eyes over the years in search of the perfect eyeliner, I found not one, but two! Yes two!

1) SEPHORA COLLECTION Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner ($12):  Yes, I know your jaw dropped when you read SEPHORA COLLECTION.   Don’t be such a snob.  It’s actually a quality line. I heard about this eyeliner from a makeup artist when I complained that every eyeliner leaves a parenthesis on up my upper eyelid. So frustrating!  She told me that Sephora’s Waterproof Eyeliner is so “stay put” that you have to blend it quickly or else it won’t budge.  Bless her little heart, she was right.

This eyeliner is perfect for the daytime when you need it to last through a day of subway riding, dry office air, staring at a computer for hours, and still look good for after-work cocktails.  It also seems to be idiot-proof.  At 6:30 AM when I haven’t had any coffee and I’m trying to concentrate on drawing a line close to my lash line…  Let’s just say before I started using this eyeliner things tended to go poorly, as in, my lids would be red and swollen from me trying to remove the many attempts.  This pencil allows for a quick swipe followed by an effortless smudge into the lash line, and voila! Work ready!

2) Dior Liquid Eyeliner Black ($34):  Before I bought this product, it had been a while since I’d trusted myself to apply liquid eyeliner.  Even when I’d had my coffee and been awake several hours, I always made a huge mess and, again, I would end up with red swollen eyelids from rubbing off my mistakes.  I gave up years ago and started using gel for a kitten or cat eye.  The gel didn’t have that slick liquid look, but at least I didn’t look like I got beat up.  A couple months ago during a Sephora binge I saw the Dior pen and it seemed like it would be easy to use, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Meow. It’s a fine felt tip pen that draws a perfectly thin line. And bonus — it doesn’t smudge, smear or leave marks on my upper eyelids (as long as I let it dry first, obviously).  I’m telling you, even for someone like me who finds it impossible to draw a straight line, I can make myself into a demure kitty.

So to review…  SEPHORA COLLECTION Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner for daytime and Dior Liquid Eyeliner Black to create that perfect cat eye for a night out on the town.

Need help creating the perfect cat eye? Check out this instructional video created by Fashionista and MAC here!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Maria Gives Me Backstage Makeup at Dior…


 

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pat McGrath Strikes Again; Gorgeous Backstage Makeup at Dior

How much do I like LOVE this look?

 

Soft, romantic smokey eye…  1940s starlet red lips… bold brows… luminous skin… STUNNING!

From Womens’ Wear DailyPARIS  Makeup artist Pat McGrath crafted a look for Dior that was “about that strong red mouth and perfect contouring. It’s just about keeping the girls beautiful.”

Maria, are you reading this right now? I want her makeup!

Photo courtesy of WWD

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