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Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Sexy Black Kitty, Meow!

Sometimes I have the worst luck…  Today I woke up all all ready and excited for my Google+ Hangout (If you don’t know what that it is, it’s like a video chat that is broadcasted live on Google+ and streams to YouTube).   It was hosted by the insanely beautiful (hate her!) Samantha Lim, Editor-in-Chief  of the huge online fashion magazine FashionIndiefeaturing myself,  Christina Farrell, amazing makeup artist and founder of the The Makeup Blogger, and Stacy Reid, Founder and CEO of Tinte Cosmetics (which thanks to Stacy’s generosity I will be trying soon!).

So what happened? Well, Murphy’s Law reared its ugly head and my Internet decided to take a hiatus. So, unfortunately I missed the first few minutes of the Hangout and once I finally got into the Hangout I faded in and out and even froze a couple times (I could hear the others saying, “She’s a frozen kitten!”).  Now my drama aside, Christina did an adorable tutorial for an 80s costume and Stacy walked through several different viable Halloween looks.  You should definitely check it out here.

After the Hangout was over, I figured it would simply be a waste of a good kitty cat look if I didn’t do a YouTube tutorial! Don’t worry about writing down any of the products since I’m listing them for you at the end of this post:

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What “No Makeup” Look? My Top Makeup Finds for Creating a Sexy Eye This Fall

Ignore what you’re seeing on the runways… Unless you have Karlie Kloss’s bone structure, the “no makeup” look takes on more of an “Oops! I got all dressed up but I forgot to put on my makeup” look. You just got all those fabulous Fall clothes out of storage and they deserve to be celebrated with some sexy eye makeup. Luckily the top makeup brands didn’t toss all their pigments when they saw the “no makeup” look gain momentum in the February shows, instead they launched their Fall Collections with gorgeous, innovative products to help create the full spectrum of “going out” looks. Leave the “no makeup look” for the model-types and get your binge on:

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Let's start with the drama! The limited-edition MAKE UP FOR EVER Black Tango Palette Black Tango Palette ($45) gives you a forbidden dance-inspired palette with rich, dark creamy colors that can create a thick cat eye or intense smoky eye with a few swipes of the double-sided brush. The flat-tipped brush is also perfect for creating an instant waterproof eyeliner line.

Colors include: Black with Red Highlights - More of a dark plum-meets-brown with subtle red glints (perfect for blue and hazel eyes); Black with Green Highlights - Shows up the blackest with fine green glitter. (Perfect for all eye colors; ideal for creating a black cat eye with a very subtle glimmer); Black with Blue Highlights - By far my favorite color with its midnight blue pigment and micro blue glitter that only shows up when it catches the light. I use this as an eyeliner and to create a dramatic smoky eye (good for all eye colors, especially blue); Ivory - Gorgeous, creamy, multi-dimensional highlighter to swipe along your brow bone and blend into the inner corners of your eyes.

Don't forget that since these are such intense, highly-pigmented colors you should always do a practice run so you don't end up looking like Bad Halloween.


I am in love with these little shadow palettes! I use Rimmel Glam' Eyes HD Quad Eyeshadow in Heart of Gold ($5.63) when I want to stay away from the bold, dark colors but still want my eye makeup to look dressy. I use the bronze on my lids, the dark brown in my crease and to go over my liner, the highlighter on my brow bone, and the gold on the inner corner of my eyes. The shadows all have a really pretty subtle shimmer and remind me of a less frosty Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick.

The Rimmel Glam 'Eyes Eye Shadow in Royal Blue ($5.68) is perfect for creating a candy-colored smoky eye for a big night out with the ladies. I first use the midnight blue along my lash line and start blending upwards and then use the light blue to create a gradient effect, continuing to blend upwards to my crease. I further define by blending the midnight blue from the outer corner in a "v" shape to my crease and then blend like hell. I then line my lower lash line with the midnight blue and then blend some of the light blue over the top. I use the bright white highlighter on my brow bone and pressed into the inner corner of my eyes.


The Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner Metallic Bronze ($22) quickly made Velveteen Rabbits out of all my other brown eyeliners as soon as I glided the dark brown pigment along my lash line. The rich, bronzish brown has the tiniest flecks of glitter (hence the name "metallic bronze") without looking frosty or nightclubby. The fine glitter simply makes your eyes look brighter and sparkly, especially when you're having your photo taken. The shadow pencil's staying power blows away the competition, staying glorious for several hours, regardless of if I've applied it as an eyeliner, shadow, or both. I was so psyched to see the smudger on the other end too, something competing shadow pencils seem to lack.

Tip: To create a thin line, swipe an eyeliner brush like Chantecaille Eye Liner Brush ($28) along the side of the pencil and apply to lash line like a cream eyeliner.

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The Tarte Beauty & The Box Amazonian Clay Eye Shadow Quad ($22) is ideal for all you ladies who are so over all the drama. You just want to create a pretty "going out" eye with some nice neutrals without fuss. You can use the first three colors to create a day look and then bump it up at night by blending the last color (dark brown) into your crease and along your lash line. Voila! You're like Career Barbie easily transitioning from day to night! A couple added bonuses with this one...1. The shadows are made with Amazonian Clay which helps absorb surface oils and helps the overall skin texture. 2. The palette comes with a mini-mascara, perfect for Career Barbie touch-ups!

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

InStyle’s “Best Beauty Buys” List: Get Out Your Credit Cards, Ladies!

When InStyle comes out with their “Best Beauty Buys” list I get that energy running through my veins, fingers twitching, looking around the room for the location of my wallet so I can covertly grab it without my husband taking notice.  Lucky for our credit card bills I’ve already tried many of the 150 items that made the list.  The majority of the products are incumbents, having won in their categories several years in a row.   This doesn’t mean the editorial staff got lazy and just decided to recycle previous years’ lists.  Like most beauty addicts, the editors probably have their favorite products and are sticking to what they love.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all old news — there are some choice newcomers and surprises like the Bliss Pore-Fector Gadget and the Ibiza Boar Bristle Brush (both of which I intend to buy).

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