Ever dream of having a celebrity makeup artist coach you on colors, combinations, and application? I always need some pointers and encouragement when I get the itch for creativity and try to reproduce the latest looks in magazines or on the red carpet. I’ve found my own personal tutor in Smashbox’s new (and ingenious, I might add) Wondervision Mega Palette. Wrapped up in a eye-catching silver box, the palette hosts 34 piercing hues for eyes and cheeks. Every color combination is included, from matte to metallic. A look for any conceivable occasion, mood, and time of day whether it’s for work or an evening out is covered in this palette. At first, I was intimidated by the exponential possibilities, as the sheer number of new colors spans the rainbow. My doubts disappeared as I pulled out the “Get the Look” cards and realized how fun and easy it would be. The cards reference a specific look to go for: soft cat eye, smoldering eye, drop shadow, or the signature Wondervision color look. After picking a card, next step is to slide the guide up and down the palette until you find the color scheme to try, then the card will automatically outline and number each of the colors with instructions on where and how to apply. Personalized professional makeup has never been made more accessible or easy, and creativity is encouraged! (more…)
Hourglass has quietly snuck up on me to become one of my favorite brands; I just love everything I’ve tried from them. Right now, I’m obsessed with their new Ambient Lighting Palette. It’s a limited-edition palette that has three shades of their fabulous Ambient Lighting Powder in it – Dim Light and Radiant Light, which were already available, and a brand new one, Incandescent Light, which was made just for this palette. The powders are used as a finishing touch to create an extra flattering glow. They capture, diffuse and soften the way light reflects on your skin so it gives it a flawless appearance and just makes it look overall… better. (I know, that’s very vague, but really, that’s the perfect word. It just looks better). I especially like to sweep one of them on for a night out because they almost make my skin look like it was lit from within–perfect for a candlelit dinner or a dark bar. The palette also comes with a deluxe mini sample of their fantastic Veil Mineral Primer, so if you haven’t tried that out and would like to before you commit to buying the full-sized version, here’s your chance. The palette’s skinny too, so even though it has three powders in it, you can still tuck it into your bag easily for a weekend away. At $58, it’s a little bit of a splurge, but you’ll definitely get a lot of use out of it, so I say go for it!
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For those of you who have never been in my bathroom, I have an entire drawer full of Tarte Cosmetics — and I wear their eye shadows almost every day. So you can imagine how delighted I was to receive a sample of their Bow & Go 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Collection, three gorgeous gift boxes filled with full-size, vegan-friendly, cruelty free products. The set includes a box of Amazonian clay eyeliners and Lights, Camera, LASHES mascaras (two each), a box of four LipSurgence Lip Cremes and a box of 16 Amazonian clay eye shadows.
And get this, for today only, they’re available at QVC for only $49.98. That’s, like, almost a $200 savings. (What?!? Is the world ending?!?) I suggest you get over there and buy at least one before the price goes up. They make great gifts — and since there are three boxes, you can keep one for yourself. (The hard part is choosing which one!)
When done right, nudes can be some of the chicest hues around, endlessly flattering on lids, tips, and everything in between. When they’re a shade or two off however, beiges can look a little strange. That’s why the makeup gurus at Clinique have released 16 different shades of nude, 8 in its A Different Nail Enamel polish collection and 8 shades in a new All About Shadow eye palette, so every beige-loving gal can find the color that’s just right for her.
The nail polish collection ranges from a creamy off white (Room Service) to a deep cocoa (Nighty Night) with a spectrum of pink, peach, yellow, and reddish nudes in between. Cool skinned gals should opt for a neutral with more of a pink undertone (Pajama Party) while warm skinned gals look more flattering wearing a nude with yellow undertones (Tickle Me).
The same concept is applied to Clinique’s new “All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette,” but unlike nail polish, eye shadow practically demands mixing and layering, allowing users to create a wardrobe of looks, from a simple, understated wash of color to a dramatically contoured smoky eye. It’s my new go-to palette: easy to tote around and endlessly versatile for day or evening.
Find out more on Clinique.com.
I’m absolutely ecstatic to be escaping to my beloved Paris for a few days this week! It’s been a year since I was last there, and when I’ve been away for a while I start to feel a yearning tickle under my skin for the charming streets, delicate pastries, and of course the effortless-chic fashion. I love Paris in all seasons, but autumn is my favorite time to go when the big tourist rush is over and the crisp chill is in the air making it perfect for tea and croissants in the afternoon. Before I take off, I always have to go over my wardrobe with a discerning eye (often leading to a frenzy), when I try to find that outfit that’s been waiting for the right moment to be taken out. Just in time for my trip, I have fallen for the only thing that could make me even more excited for the hop over to France: Guerlain’s Crazy Paris Holiday Collection. Each exquisite creation in the collection speaks to the glamour of Paris, inspired by the bright lights that illuminate the city at night. Guerlain is celebrating its reopening of its flagship boutique in Paris at 68 Champs Elysees, hence the “68″ theme for the beautiful packaging of each piece. (more…)
Halloween is the best holiday ever. Why? It’s the one time where it’s perfectly acceptable for adults to act like 8-year-olds. And I loved being 8. Of course, this year, Halloween is on a Thursday, and some of us are ill-prepared. So here’s a quick roundup of great Halloween makeup looks that can help you pull together something at the last minute, assuming you have all the goods or can get to a store near you. Just channel your inner 8-year-old and you’re all set! (more…)
Just in time for the holidays, Stila has introduced a collection of Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadows. They sent over five shades (out of the entire collection of 12) for me to check out and turns out, they are my favorite shadows that I’ve tried in a long time. Each shadow comes with a mini Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer and a little tray–you put a drop of the primer on the tray, then mix some of the shadow into it to create a sort of pasty concoction, which you then press onto your eyes with the tip of your finger. That sounds complicated but it’s actually easy and pretty fun, and the shadows are so, so gorgeous. They’re so shiny with an interesting foil finish and they glitter more than any shadow I can remember using recently. It’s a glitter explosion! (Which means that you should also be careful when putting them on so you know, it’s not a literal explosion). These probably aren’t the kind of shadows you’re going to want to wear to work, but for a party or a night out, you can’t go wrong with any of the shades. I’m partial to the Titanium and Vintage Black Gold shades myself, but they’re all nice and I kind of find myself wanting to own them all. (You know, just in case…) So fun!
I almost always love the SEPHORA + PANTONE collections when they come out every season and this fall is no exception. The limited-edition products are meant to convey the energy of nature’s elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water – through color, texture and design. It’s a really interesting idea – the colors were inspired by shifting climates and atmospheric conditions, so you get a wide spectrum of shades ranging from bolds to neutrals. The collection includes a number of different products – Jumbo Eye Pencils, Molten Liquid Liners, etc… and so far I’ve had the opportunity to try out the Elemental Energy Eye Shadow Palette and three of the four Elemental Energy Lacquers. (more…)
Guilty pleasure: Michelle Phan videos. There may even have been one or two occasions where a marathon YouTube tutorial watching session has led to me exclaiming “OMG how it is already 3am!” Even though I’m much more of a “natural looking makeup” girl myself, I always appreciated Michelle’s ability to transform her eyes (it’s an Asian thing). So when her line em Michelle Phan launched, the first products I wanted to get my hands on were her eye makeup, in particular, the much-touted waterliner.
The waterliner, as it turns out, was love at first use. Phan created this product for her fans who wanted an eyeliner that was easy to apply, had great color payoff, and didn’t smudge or budge even on the delicate waterline. The waterliner certainly lives up to all those promises: it glides on smoothly and is highly pigmented so there’s no need to go over the lid multiple times, the thickness is just right, and best of all, once on, the liner stays put. It’s one of the few liners that I can use on my lower eyelid and still have the look be in tact (no panda eyes there) hours later. On the other side of the liner is a smudge tip which makes it easy to blend the color onto the lids for a smokier and softer effect if desired. This product is truly a game changer in my makeup routine because for the first time, I can create beautifully lined eyes in just 30 seconds with no muss, no fuss. Now having wider, more expressive eyes can be an every day beauty look, not just saved for special occasions.
My favorite shades are Midnight Black for the most intense, glamorous finish, Chocolate Dream for an every-day soft, pretty look and Amazing Grey, which creates a really nice, dreamy effect. The waterliner comes in 12 shades ranging from amethyst to turquoise to rose gold. The next step is to collect them all!