Posts Tagged ‘Sephora Collection’

Friday, March 22, 2013

Battling My Bitchy Skin’s Latest Identity Crisis – Dry Patches, Blackheads, Puffy Eyes, Oh MY!

I am so over my skin which seems to be having a different psychotic episode every week.  I simply can’t keep up with its latest crisis.  This week it threw me a curve ball and decided to have several different conflicting issues at once — dry patches on my cheeks, blackheads on my nose, and terribly puffy eyes (which may be the result of the bag of pork rinds I scarfed down a couple days ago and the Chinese food I ate last night. In my defense I don’t usually consume so much sodium, but it sure tasted good at the time).

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Photo courtesy Miles Aldridge Angry Diva

When your skin freaks out like mine it’s time to get creative and make “spot-treating” a true art form.  Before you begin your art project, make sure you cleanse your skin and exfoliate with a gentle exfoliant like Exfoliant Doux Aromatique Aux 3 Roses (Gentle Aromatic Exfoliant)  ($31) or with a CLARISONIC Cleansing System ($149): 

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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.

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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!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Finding Your New Fall Wardrobe (For Your Pout, Obviously)

Leave the back-to-school shopping for the soccer moms and celebrate Fall by revamping your lipstick wardrobe!  Lipstick can’t make you look fat, remember?  In fact, it can make you feel quite fabulous if you choose the right shade.  The Fall 2012 fashion shows were all about the dark berry lip, but you don’t necessarily need to go all out vamp to be on trend this season.  I mean even Pam wears a nice classic red:

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I tested 5 gorgeous lipsticks — all varying in color, opacity, and price  — yet they all come from the red berry family.  Now if you’re thinking “Is she f’ing crazy? There’s no way I could pull off a red,” back away from your little safe pink lipgloss haven and trust me.  These flattering shades will add instant sex kitten status, whether you’re blond, brunette, ginger, etc.
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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, 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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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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