We’ve all been there before… Okay, in all honesty I haven’t been there since the 10th grade, but let’s face it, I’m not the norm. My good friend Rachel frantically wrote me from vacation saying she in fact had forgotten her makeup bag at home and she needed a drugstore shopping list from me pronto. Rachel had the right idea in replacing her makeup with drugstore finds. The last thing you want to do is spend a ton of money on dupes of department store and Sephora makeup. And depending on where you’re on vacation, such luxuries may not even be an option. So don’t panic! I’m going to get you through your vacation:
Foundation: Do you really need foundation on vacation?? Really? I personally say skip it but if you insist, try L’Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup ($10.95) which contains no oils, fragrances, or pore-clogging fillers. It also has skin-loving ingredients like Vitamins A and C, wheatgerm and grape fruit extract. And most importantly, it comes in 33 different shades so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a match.janna Tags CoverGirl, Drugstore Cowgirl, L'Oreal, Neutrogena, Physicians Formula, Revlon, Rimmel, Wet n Wild
Tune into the My Beauty Binge podcast this week to hear tips and ideas on how to care for your skin during the harsh winter months. Also, learn a few makeup tricks from NY-based makeup artist extraordinaire Maria Luxen, founder of Makeup Mayhem, on how she ensures her makeup always looks flawless despite the wind and snow.
Download the podcast from iTunes or listen to it streaming on your computer here (it’s the 1st podcast) and it’s free! If you hit the “SUBSCRIBE” button in iTunes you will automatically get all my podcasts!janna Tags Almay, Creme de la Mer, Decleor, Dr Jart+, First Aid Beauty, Kate Somerville, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Maybelline, NYX, Revlon, Tarte
One of the things I love most about being a shameless beauty addict is discovering the kind of products I can’t stop talking about. Whether they were just launched this year or have been other peoples’ cult favorites for decades (but newly discovered by me), when it comes to finding quality beauty products age is of no consequence.
Below you will find my most recommended products this past year that have also found themselves in the coveted position of being in my permanent beauty regimen rotation:
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49): I’m yet to find a lipstick more hydrating that drops as much pigment as these do. I love that they come in both sheer and opaque shades which makes them fun to mix and layer. You can’t imagine how many women have thanked me for introducing these happy little hydrators to their makeup bags.janna Tags Best of, Cle de Peau, Concealer, COOLA, Coola Sunscreen, Decleor, Fresh, lipstick, Mask, Revlon, SPF
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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I hope everyone is having an AMAZING long weekend! I’m about to leave for the Farmer’s Market with my husband, but I wanted to post these fun shots (excuse the quality; I took them with my phone) of Audrey Ogg, a Makeup Artist at Milvali Salon in Mill Valley, CA. When I went into the Milvali Salon Friday to get my lashes filled in by the talented Joceyln Sisco, I was blown away when I saw Audrey in a candy-colored sultry eye! She told me she was inspired by my Allure Magazine Beauty Blogger Competition video and wanted to recreate the look. Now keep in mind I saw Audrey at 3 pm and she had put her makeup on early that morning so obviously the eye lost some of its candy-color, but it still looked amazing!! And by the way, Jocelyn gave Audrey those luscious lashes.
Posted by janna Tags Allure, Makeup Artist, Revlon
For those of you who follow my blog, you’ll remember I only recently rediscovered the treasure troves of the drugstore beauty aisles (Shameful. I know.) Don’t worry, I’m making up for lost time. My latest love affair is with Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49). It’s incredibly creamy, hydrating, and has surprisingly strong staying power. It has a nice shine to it too, but doesn’t have the annoying thick, sticky consistency of gloss.
There are twenty different shades ranging from sheer to medium coverage. I bought Sugar Plum, Red Velvet, and Raspberry Pie. I ended up giving Raspberry Pie, an opaque bright berry, to Maria since it was much brighter than anticipated. Maria was in front of the mirror applying Raspberry Pie while I read her the product description on Revlon.com, “Buttery balm with beautiful shiny color to give you baby soft, healthy glowing lips 94% of women felt lips were softer, smoother, and instantly hydrated.” Read the rest of this entry »Posted by janna Tags Drugstore Cowgirl, Revlon
- Teens: Glitter is your friend. You are young enough to get away with it, so look like Edward from Twilight tonight and go crazy. Seriously, if I were 20 years younger, I would apply a neutral like Revlon Diamond Lust in Bedroom Bronze all over my lid and then dip a Q-tip in lash gel (for falsies) or vaseline and trace my lash line. Then, I would pull out the big guns and dip a Q-tip or flat-tipped brush in drugstore glitter pat it on, or if I had been saving my pennies, I would invest in MAKE UP FOR EVER Glitter in Blue 5 or Purple 9. If I were 17, I would also be all about the glitter gloss, so I would coat my lips with LA Color lip gloss (I could mix every color since they are only $2 each).
- Twenties: Ladies, sparkle responsibly here. If you’re under 25, go bolder. If you’re over 25, your cuspy for the full-on glitter (even for New Year’s). After 25, the size of the glitter gets smaller and more milled. Your best bet, regardless of which side of 25 you’re on is MAKE UP FOR EVER Diamond Powder. I’ll let Sephora explain, “Diamond Powder combines both the pearly iridescence of Star Powder and the brightness of Glitter. The particles are finer and literally radiate extreme brilliance as soon as they are applied.” I would use these powders as a wash over my entire lid, to line my upper and lower lash lines, and to highlight cheekbones and brow bones, and dab at the center of my cupid’s bow.
- Thirties: This is when we transition away from glitter and think shimmer. Maria was generous enough to give me the Vincent Longo Amaretti Diamond Collection baked eyeshadow set for the holidays. These shadows are gorgeous and perfect for creating a shimmery smokey eye. Just like their website instructs, use a sponge tip applicator (like the ones you always throw away) or a Q-tip (in case you’re like me and you did throw them all away) and draw a line on your upper lash line with one of the darker colors. It’s okay if your line is a bit messy, because you are going to use a small blending brush or the side of a flat-tipped brush to blend the line upwards towards your crease. This gives it that gradual fade. Then, I may smudge a little into my lower lash line, depending on how dramatic I’m feeling. I will finish off with dipping my ring finger in the copper leaf shadow and pressing it into the inner corners of my eyes.
- Forties and Beyond: Okay ladies, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know here (and I apologize if this is harsh), but glitter and shimmer may not be age appropriate unless done subtly, VERY subtly. What I consider subtle… taking a nice neutral shimmer like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash in Champagne or Rose Gold and applying it with a large eye shadow brush as a wash over your entire lid. Then, add a cream highlighter like Urban Decay Urbanglow to your brow bone (to open your eyes and make them pop) and from your temples to the center of your cheeks (to highlight cheekbones) and BLEND.
Don’t hesitate to break my age barriers and combine some of the tips above (just keep in mind, the older you are, the more dangerous sparkle becomes).
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy 2012!! SPARKLE ON!
P.S. Lisi, I hope you appreciated my Donny Darko reference
Photo via Sing LoPosted by janna Tags Bobbi Brown, Glitter, Makeup For Ever, Revlon, Sephora, Urban Decay, Vincent Longo