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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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Saturday, September 7, 2013

New York Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2014: Get the Makeup Looks!

I know we are only three days into NYFW SS 2014 but I’m already loving on some of the makeup looks that are being sent down the runways. The good news? Most of the looks are totally wearable off the runway and flatter most skin tones.Here are a few of my favorites:

Creatures of the Wind SS’14 – Lead Makeup Artist: James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry

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LOOK: “The real statement of the makeup look is the satin textured orange lip. It contrasts the color and finish of the opalescent-textured eye, and also references the era of the artist Eugene von Bruenchenhein, which was a source of inspiration for Shane and Chris. We loved the idea of translating this into the beauty look as well.”
HOW TO CREATE THE LOOK:
FACE
- After priming skin, apply NARS ‘Radiant’ Cream Compact Foundation ($38). To seamlessly blend and give foundation a lighter feel, blot face with a damp sponge.
- Use NARS Stick Concealer ($23) to hide any imperfections.  Instead of applying directly to the skin, warm concealer between your ring fingers and tap on or apply with a concealer brush.
EYES
- Mix both eyeshadows in the NARS Duo Eyeshadow Iceland ($34) and apply to entire eyelids. Use an eyeliner brush dipped in both shadows to line the inner corners of your eyes.
LIPS
- Line entire lip area and fill in with NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Red Square in ($25)
- Then, since NARS used Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil, which won’t be out until Spring 2014,  try applying a layer of NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave ($26)

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Perfect Summer Look: Just a Little Pop of Color…

Summer is here which means as temperatures rise so do the chances of your makeup melting, fading, settling into creases, and sliding off your face.  So not only should you be changing your skincare regimen (unless you’re ultra-dry, swap out your usual creams for lightweight lotions) you’re going to want to downsize your makeup routine.

This summer I’ve found that just by adding a fun-colored eyeliner to my upper lash line I’ve created an instant “going out” look.  Keep in mind I have lash extensions, so you should follow with your favorite mascara.  To make sure your liner lasts the night, prime your eyelids first with concealer and/or a flesh or ivory-colored eye shadow like Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow Ivory  ($21). 

Let’s see some COLOR!!!

Green Eyeliner:

As you can see, Hayden Panettiere rocks this emerald eyeliner, making her green eyes glow. This color is perfect for both green and hazel eyes, but also makes blues eyes look more teal. I personally have dark blue eyes and I’ve been wearing the Palm Leaf (a forest green) of the Paul & Joe Las Palmas Eyeliner & Crayon Duo ($25), which makes my eyes look brighter and take on a more aqua hue.

For a bit more drama like January Jones, use a liquid green liner like MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liner 4 Diamond Lagoon Green ($23) to make a thick winged eye, and then line the lower lash line with a shimmery green shadow like Urban Decay Eyeshadow Mildew ($18).


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Monday, January 14, 2013

The Golden Globes 2013: A Hot Mess of Red Carpet Mayhem

Award season is in full swing and the starlets did not disappoint (for the most part) in bringing the glamour to the Golden Globes 2013 red carpet last night. Fifteen minutes into watching the red carpet coverage it was apparent that waves were going to be the biggest beauty trend. Some opted for loose, sexy romantic waves (a la Farrah Fawcett) like Claire Danes, Sarah Hyland, and Salma Hayek, while others went full-out Old Hollywood Glam like Connie Britton, Amy Adams, Rachel Weisz and Nicole Richie. Tons of red carpet beauties (Heidi Klum, Kelly Osborn, Jessica Alba, Isla Fisher, Megan Fox) decided to put a modern edge on the Old Glam look by sweeping the hair to one side. I also saw several lovely ladies sashaying at the opposite end of the spectrum with stick-straight locks like Kerry Washington, Stacy Keibler, Marion Cotillard, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Julianna Margulies, and Debra Messing (the latter two opting for structured ponytails).

The makeup trends were a bit more all over the place… We saw the sultry smoky eye (almost always a perfect fit for the red carpet) done in intense dark liners on the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Catherine McPhee and Claire Danes while Michelle Dockery, Amanda Sayfried, and Kerry Washington rocked a softer, more diffused smoky eye with browns and purples.  Unfortunately the “no makeup look” (also kindly called the “Fresh Face Look” by the media and not-so-kindly “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by me) reared its bland, boring head on the carpet last night, making victims Olivia Munn and Rosario Dawson look like they ran out of their rooms before the makeup artist had time to finish. Now I will say that Sienna Miller also sported the “no makeup look” but she’s so flawlessly gorgeous it worked.

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Kerry Washington: She is just so stunning. I think it's tough to be able to pull off the severity of the blunt bang and stick straight hair but she has the perfect face for it. Her makeup was probably the best of the night with her diffused purple smoky eye and neutral lips. Makeup artist Carola Gonzalez used all Lancome products to create the look: FACE - Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation in Suede N 45, Blush in Pommettes D'Amour EYES - Color Design Infinité 24H Eye Shadow in Evermore Lila, Color Design Eye Shadow in Mochaccino, Artliner in Smoke, and Hypnôse Star Mascara LIP Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 500 Blush.

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Jessica Chastain: Oye vey with that middle part. It draws attention to her thinning hair and the harsh light made her look like she’s balding. I also thought the way the hair was pulled back it made her look like she has elf ears. I like the makeup but her lipstick looks like it’s bleeding and dry in a lot of the pics. Amateur hour.

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Claire Danes: When I first saw Claire Danes with those smoky eyes and big Farrah waves I knew she would be one of my favorite looks of the night. Matin Maulawizada, makeup artist and global artistry director for Laura Mercier created Danes' look, "I decided to go with a smoky eye and not a red lip since the dress was so red." Celebrity hairstylist Peter Butler took hair inspiration from her red Versace gown, giving Claire sexy, loose waves, likening her to a modern-day Jessica Rabbit. Get the Look: 1. Blowdry hair with a large, round, boar bristle brush. Take a curling iron with a 1 1/2 inch barrel and start curling hair section by section. Set the curls with JOHN FRIEDA Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Spray ($5.99 ). 2. To create the perfect wave, use a paddle brush to brush through curls. Apply a styling cream throughout the hair -- it will soften hair and add shine while leaving the curls chunky and intact. 3. Finish by adding a fine mist of hairspray to lock in the style.

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Katherine McPhee: If you asked me at the beginning of the night who I thought would get "sexiest of the night" I assure you Katherine McPhee would not have made my Top 5. Nothing against her, in fact I've always found her lovely but she stars in two shows I don't watch and she's never wow'd me before on the carpet. She certainly got my attention last night with those smoldering eyes (by the way, she's totally smizing in this pic) and messy, deconstructed updo. NARS Makeup Artist Jake Bailey shared his inspiration, "Katharine's dress looks like it belongs in a Helmut Newton photograph, so I thought the makeup should be strong and sultry...the kind of eye makeup that would be in one of those photographs. It's an eye look for sure - a smoky eye with a beautiful nude skin palette." Bailey used all NARS Products: Radiant Creamy Concealer (Spring 2013), Light Reflecting Setting Powder - Pressed ( Spring 2013), Via Veneto Larger Than Life(R) Long-Wear Eyeliner
Cordura Duo Eyeshadow, and Biscayne Park Satin Lip Pencil (Spring 2013).

Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller: Is she kidding me? It has to be the genes, right? When I first saw her I thought - this a new mum who is only attending because she's nominated. She reluctantly left her beautiful little family behind after she quickly slicked her hair back in a bun, slapped on some tinted moisturizer, swiped a dark eyeliner along her upper lash line, and perhaps put on lip liner in the car ride over. If you enlarge the photo (yes I'm a bit crazy) you will see she's only wearing the remnants of a lip liner. It's like she finished lining her lips, got distracted by a call and forgot to put on lipstick or gloss. If you watched E! Red Carpet last night, you saw Giuliana Rancic tell Sienna that she hated her because she could see close up that Sienna was barely wearing any makeup and she still looked amazing.

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Kate Hudson: I really want to get past the "80s porn star accepting an award" dress but it's so distracting. Okay let's all put our hand over her pic from the neck down. Much better. The makeup is obviously flawless -- her skin looks amazing and I love the delicate little kitten eye. I had mixed feelings about the neutral lip. I kind of think I would have liked to see her with a little color given the dress, but the nude seems to work well with her All-American good looks. Hair (take your hand down): Well, hmmm... My bitchy side says it's a good thing her hair is long and down because it's sparing us from seeing the entire bedazzled gold situation. My pragmatic side says that if she liked the dress enough to wear it she should have worn her hair up to show it off. My bitchy side wins in this situation due to the severity of the dress.

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Connie Britton: She was definitely one of my favorite looks of the night, channeling the 1940s starlets with her classic makeup and flawless hair. Celebrity hairstylist Rod Ortega created Connie's coif: “The inspiration was Rita Hayworth in ‘Gilda’.” Ortega first dampened Connie’s hair and prepped it with Leonor Greyl’s Serum de Soie Sublimateur on the ends, and then on the roots he applied Leonor Greyl’s Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice. He then blow dried the hair with a round boar brush, smoothing out the hair. Before using a heat styling tool, he recommends using Leonor Greyl’s Spray Structure Naturelle. “This setting spray is very important because it’s going to give the hold for the style.” Using a 1-inch curling iron and setting the hair with the setting spray, he let Connie’s hair cool and brushed the waves out with a large paddle brush into beautiful, shiny waves. He then secured the waves with Leonor Greyl’s Lacque Souple and finished a couple of pumps of the Leonor Greyl Spray Structure Naturelle.

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Julianne Hough: Wow. I mean really, what can I say here that isn't blatantly obvious? This girl just cannot get it right -- either she shows up on the red carpet looking too old, too young, too slutty, or too casual. She didn't break the chain of bad decisions at the Globes. This quiff / faux hawk is so so MTV Music Awards two years ago.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Beauty Binge on Sacramento News10 ABC: Beauty Holiday Gifts Bonanza!

Are you sick of hearing about beauty gift ideas yet?  GET OVER IT! No, seriously… I SWEAR this will be the last gift-oriented post.  The beauty of this post is you don’t even have to read! You can just watch the little clips below!

Part 1 (If the clip is not showing up, click here)

Part 2  (If the clip is not showing up, click here)

Happy Holidays, my lovelies!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

From the Archives: Beauty Addicts Anonymous

Late at night when I should be sleeping, but instead I am trying to rack up $150 in product to qualify for Neiman’s gift-with-purchase, I wonder if there could be a support group for addicts like myself. Then again, it would probably do more harm than good…

Instead of the typical smoke-filled room, (second-hand smoke is detrimental to the skin) the air is thick with a strong mix of Jo Malone, Bond No. 9, and Marc Jacobs perfumes. The beauty addicts fumble through their bags for their Guerlain compacts and Chanel glosses, trying to distract themselves from asking the addict next to them what kind of skincare she’s using.

The first addict walks up to the podium, twisting flat strands of her keratin-treated hair. “Hi, I’m Jane. I am a beauty addict.”

The room chants together, “Hi Jane.”

“I have been an addict since I watched my mother put on makeup for the first time…”

No one is really paying attention. They are silently deconstructing Jane’s product regimen, stumped on whether her cheeks are flushed from Tarte Cheek Tint in Blushing Bride or Nars Orgasm.

“I’ve always spent a lot on beauty products, but lately it’s gotten to be a real problem,” she pauses, staring at the girl in the front row. “Nice gloss. Dior Little Red Dress?”

The girl nods approvingly. Jane continues, “Things have gotten so bad I can’t afford to pay my bills to keep up with my La Mer habit.”

The others give her looks of empathy.

“I was in Barney’s the other day, looking to buy my boyfriend a Kiehls gift basket for his birthday and I found myself helpless at the Chantecaille Counter. The saleswoman insisted on showing me their new Spring line. Instead of buying my boyfriend a gift, I ended up purchasing two new shadows and a powder compact!”

Jane breaks down in tears, shamed by her gluttony, and returns to her seat. Girls from every angle hand her tissues, blotting film, concealer, mascara, and pressed powder. Little Red Dress gloss girl from the front row raises her hand. “Excuse me, but I have a question for Jane.” Jane slowly raises her eyes from her compact. “What do you think of the new Chantecaille shadows? I’ve heard mixed reviews…”

Picture via PeanuttoTheButter

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Makeup Meltdown Mayhem! Battle the Heat with a Few Tricks and Tools


I can’t get over this f’ing heat!  Okay, I know I just wrote about a melt-proof eye, but with this ungodly heat you’re going to need more than just a waterproof eyeshadow stick.   We’re officially in crisis lock-down mode.  When my husband and I traveled to Columbus, Ohio this past week for the 4th, I was genuinely traumatized (and I hate to admit it but visibly sweating, gross!) by the humid 97 degree conditions.  We went to my 20th high school reunion (yes, I’m old) at around 7 pm and I was a disaster by 7:07 (and by disaster I mean fellow classmates were picking little pieces of napkin off my sticky face because I was couldn’t stop blotting with taco truck napkins).  BUT despite the Vietnam-like conditions, guess what?? MY MAKEUP ENDURED!  
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Red Carpet Beauty Report: Movie Premiere Mayhem!

I was shocked and awed at the images from the red carpets at the London Snow White and the Huntsman and Los Angeles What to Expect When You’re Expecting premieres.  Shock came from the horror show of Jennifer Lopez’s homely hair and eye-closing makeup, and awe hit when I saw the perfection of Kristen Stewart’s metallic smoked eye and the gold chains that were intertwined into her updo.

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Let's start with Snow White and the Huntsman... First of all, I LOVE that her stylist was probably like, "Let's just F the matchy matchy rule of metallics and give you a silver smokey eye and a gold-chained updo." That's the kind of beauty brilliance that goes down in the history books. By adding the gold chain the stylist made a usually classic updo into an edgy, textured artistic creation.

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Now take a look at the close-up of the eye: the cool silver of the eye shadow make her green eyes look almost steely blue and her natural yet groomed eyebrows and light mauve lipstick subtly complement the bold eye. By the way I love how naked her skin looks. If I had to guess I would say she's just wearing a tinted moisturizer and some primer.

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Charlize Theron also personified perfection at this premiere with her sculpted flip updo and structured smokey eye. The simplicity of the hair complements the drama of the eye makeup and bright emerald earrings. While Kristen's smokey eye was diffused, Charlize's smokey eyes were defined (hence "structured") into an opaque shape using black and grey shadows and a touch of metallic to make her eyes look like they are sparkling. I obviously love the dusty rose lipstick and cheeks. The one thing I'm iffy on with this look is her roots. I'm assuming they are meant to be darker (if not someone in her entourage needs to be fired), and I think it just looks like a forgotten detail and takes away from the sophistication of the look.

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Onto the red carpet road kill at the What to Expect When You're Expecting LA premiere... Really, JLo?? Serious or kidding? You know better than to let your makeup artist line both your waterlines with dark pencil. You looked like you were squinting in every photo. I would love to wax poetic about the gorgeous dark wine lipstick (one of the biggest trend on the carpets right now) because it looks fantastic with her skin tone and hair color, but I'm so distracted by the terrible eye makeup and grandma ponytail I simply can't give JLo's beauty team any gold stars on this one.

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Is she kidding me with this ponytail? What happened here? Is that really just an Ouchless ponytail holder? It seems like maybe her hair was annoying her (perhaps it was that unbecoming zip-zip middle part) and she just got frustrated and pulled it back. But even then, wrap some hair around the ponytail holder or something. My God, she's getting dangerously close to scrunchy territory and I don't like it.

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Oh, hello Anna Kendrick. Don't you look stunning. Maybe next time you can lend JLo your beauty team? Because Anna darling, you looked amazing from every angle with your timeless, sophisticated makeup and romantic tumbling curls (and notice Anna has a middle part but her's seems soft and natural).

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Don’t Mess with the Juicy Technique

My glam friend T sauntered into the office today and gave me a throaty “hello, dawling.”  I looked up from the monotony of whatever I was working on to find perfect pink lips.   It’s all I could see.  They were bright, but not too bright.  Glossy, but not high-beam glossy. They were  confection perfection.  (By the way, my iPhone camera definitely did not do the juicy justice.)

“T, did you just put on lipstick?”

“Like three hours ago…” she purrs.

No way those lips lasted three hours. I’ve seen lip stains last that long, but they always leave the lips dry.

She eyes my skepticism, “You want to know my juicy technique, don’t you?”

Obviously.

Ladies, you want sexy lips that last a lifetime?  (Yes, it’s three whopping steps. Get over it.  It means you won’t have to reapply for hours.)
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Beauty Addicts Anonymous

Late at night when I should be sleeping, but instead I am trying to rack up $150 in product to qualify for Neiman’s Gift with Purchase, I wonder if there could be a support group for addicts like myself. Then again, it would probably do more harm than good…

Instead of the typical smoke-filled room, (second-hand smoke is detrimental to the skin) the air is thick with a strong mix of Jo MaloneBond No. 9, and Marc Jacobs perfumes.  The beauty addicts fumble through their bags for their Guerlain compacts and Chanel glosses, trying to distract themselves from asking the addict next to them what kind of skincare she’s using.
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