Stories for: Makeup

MakeupGo Nude for Summer

With 90 degree weather and hot sun every day, I don’t want a lot of fussy color and makeup running down my face. Fresh, bright and youthful is what’s called for this season with a focus on facial contouring. It’s easy to be intimidated by the concept, but in a few simple steps I’m loving the new “no makeup” (wink, wink) look while making the most of my facial shape. A neutral but dynamic visage goes with any outfit, from summer whites to wedding wear, so you only have to pack one palette to take on travels!

contourContouring is the ubiquitous topic du jour it seems, and I confess I’ve never considered it too seriously until now. The idea behind contouring is to shape, highlight, and bronze in the most flattering way for any shaped face. The concept is so simple yet appealing, so I can’t think of any more excuses for putting it off. I was immediately hooked by Smashbox’s Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio which transforms my face in seconds, and is incredibly easy to use. The set comes with a guide detailing recommended custom application for any face- it covers anything from oval to heart-shaped faces. Lines and shapes are strategically placed under and over cheekbones to highlight, and the lighter color on the forehead and chin. Blending is a cinch since the creamy pencils glide on, and it’s actually pretty fun to draw shapes on my face before smoothing the lines with my fingers.

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Makeupbrow down to eylure london

eylure london brow products

Cara Delevingne. Jacquelyn Jablonski. Brooke Shields. Lily Collins. All of them have big, bold and — most importantly — flattering brows. While colorful, accessorized brows are taking center stage in high fashion this summer, it seems most people are rocking the natural, full-brow look off the runway. And why not? Full brows are easy to maintain (grow, baby, grow!), and they give you reason to try Eylure London, my favorite brow makeup products from across the pond. READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupModern Graphite

Hourglass Modernist in GraphiteI’ve been really obsessed with Hourglass products lately, especially their new Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes. So, so pretty, every single one of them! They almost look like works of art, with the way the five different shades blend into each other and the waves on the top of them.  They elevate what could be a basic, boring collection of shades into something you just want to show off.

There are seven different palettes, but I tried out Graphite, which has smokey shades of warm ivory, copper gold, deep brown, gun metal and silver. It’s the perfect palette for creating a brown smokey eye, but the addition of the gun metal and silver give you plenty of other possibilities to play with as well.  The shadows themselves are super pigmented and blendable (I love using just the warm ivory and deep brown to create a quick and easy smokey eye) and while the $58 price tag is a splurge, it’s a worthy one if you’re in the mood to treat yourself. I highly recommend checking these out!

Beauty, MakeupBeyond Perfect

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation

A lot of times I’m all about using a light coverage foundation.  My skin is pretty clear and I don’t have a ton of things to cover up, so it usually seems smarter to go with the least amount of makeup I need.  But then other times, like right now, I haven’t been sleeping much, I’m breaking out a little, AND I accidentally scratched the tip of my nose and it scabbed over, so I look a little like Rudolph’s accident prone sister.  It’s not great.  These are the times that I need more coverage and right now, that means turning to Clinique‘s Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer.

This new foundation comes with a unique doe foot applicator (I’ve never seen a foundation with one before – how has this not happened already?) that lets you apply the foundation directly to your face before blending it with a sponge, brush or your fingers.  The formula itself is full-coverage; it’s not heavy or mask-like, but definitely needs to be blended well so it doesn’t look obvious on your skin.  (It has a special polymer formula that forms a flexible film that moves with your skin and dries slowly for easy blending).  But once it’s on and blended, it covers a multitude of sins without looking cake-y and allows you to skip the extra step of concealer.  (You can also use it as just a spot concealer too if you want – the applicator makes that easy.)  I also love that it’s great for sensitive skin; it’s ophthalmologist tested, allergy tested, and 100 percent fragrance free, so even those of you who have reactions to certain foundations should hopefully be fine with this one.  All in all, it’s a great addition to my foundation wardrobe and definitely a new obsession you should check out as well.

Beauty, MakeupHoliday Eyeshadow Extravaganza

Smashbox-Full-Exposure-PaletteI am definitely an overpacker.  I can admit it.  From shoes to clothes to makeup, if I even have a hint that I might need it, it’s usually going in my suitcase. But I’m trying to get better because not only are my suitcases always ridiculously heavy, but I never, ever use half the stuff I bring with me. So this Christmas when I head back east, I’m throwing caution to the wind and only taking two (that’s right – TWO) eyeshadow palettes.  It’s not as crazy as it sounds though because they’re both filled with tons of amazing shades that can get me through both day and night.

Smashbox’s Full Exposure palette has fourteen different shades, ranging from light ivory to deep black, with most of them falling into the brown/bronze category. It’s a great selection for daytime looks, but the four darker shades also allow you to create an amazing smoky eye, so it’s super versatile.  And I love the fact that the shades come in two different finishes – there are mattes and shimmers, so unlike some palettes, you can choose how much you want to shine. There are a plethora of hues in this one and I know I’ll use it almost every morning to create a neutral, daytime look for when I’m shopping or visiting friends.  As a bonus, it also comes with a dual-ended brush and a mini Full Exposure mascara, so I can just toss the entire package in my suitcase and be good to go.  Genius!

Laura-Geller-20-Shades-of-Baked-Eyeshadow-PaletteFor my more colorful looks, I’m also packing Laura Gellar’s new 20 Shades of Baked. This one is exactly what it sounds like: 20 shades of their baked eyeshadow– that can be used wet or dry–everything from blues to greens to purples, with some neutrals thrown in for good measure.  With this palette, I’ll be able to create the looks that are a little more creative and fun – maybe for a night out with friends or a holiday party.  I’ve always loved the formula of Laura Gellar’s shadows – they’re smooth and blend well – and this collection is pretty close to perfection, shade-wise.  (And it’s a $215 value for $49, which is amazing).

And think of how much lighter my suitcase will be without the twenty or so palettes I usually drag with me!  My back (and baggage fees) are already happier!

Beauty, MakeupHoliday With Marc Jacobs

s1630433-main-hero-300I’ve said it a bunch of times here, but I love Marc Jacobs.  Just… everything he creates.  So I get giddy with excitement whenever I can own any of the makeup items in his collection (if only I could afford the shoes and bag too!)  And when I managed to get my hands on a few pieces for the holidays, I couldn’t wait to share.  The Sky Liner, a new 7-piece set of petite-sized eyeliners, is super adorable and a great deal.  For $45, you get a wide assortment of shades – five previously released bestsellers and two new limited-edition hues. And the limited-edition shades are stunning – Sunset is a Golden Bronze Shimmer and Midnight in Paris is an Inky Indigo Blue – both colors that I see myself reaching for again and again.  I love the formula of the liners themselves too – they’re a gel texture that blends easily and they’re super pigmented (and waterproof!) so they stick around forever.  I’m really in love with this set – it’s perfect as a treat for yourself, but the sleek black box the liners are housed in also makes it great for a gift.

imgI also managed to get my hands on a few shades of Marc’s Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks and those are great too.  I love, love, love the shape of them – they’re so adorable and so different from any other lip product I already own.  Every time I take one out of my bag, every woman around oohs and aahs (and rightly so).  They’re all infused with honey so they’re soothing on your lips, and again, I’m totally obsessed with the shades I tried. I tested out Tangerine Red, Strawberry Red and Burgundy Berry and they were all great.  (I’m especially into Strawberry Red – it’s the perfect bright shade for the holidays).  One of these would make a great stocking stuffer for any of your makeup obsessed friends.

And a new Marc Jacobs bag would make a great holiday surprise for me too. Just throwing it out there, universe…

MakeupParisienne Lights from Lancome

Lancome-Parisian-Lights-Holiday-2014-PromoMy office wall has a vintage print of Paris hanging in the center, and it’s not uncommon to hear strains of Edith Piaf in the background. When I daydream, my mind will wander the cobbled streets of my beloved city and I’ll start checking flights. One New Year’s Eve I spent there was especially glamorous, with a decadent meal at Le Cinq, an evening walk amidst twinkling lights on the Seine, and of course beaucoup de champagne. At this time of year, pastries are even more beautiful, dresses are at their chicest, and makeup is divine. Lancôme has introduced the most gorgeous head-to-toe holiday collection which embodies quintessential French richness and sophistication, bringing Paris to us no matter where we celebrate the holidays.

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MakeupHoliday Glamour from Dior

diorI’m giddy just thinking about the holiday season approaching- cocktail dresses, champagne, and countdowns! To go with couture, I scoured makeup counters near and far to find the most editorial and chic palette. My criteria required that the makeup looks flawless and striking in person and well as in photographs, and I could find no match for the limited edition Dior 5 Couleurs 756 Golden Shock set. Right away, I was impressed with the lush pigmentation of the colors, and the gorgeous color combinations that the makeup experts at Dior turned from fantasy to reality. Most of the time, I find that there is always a color or two in a palette that I know I won’t be using, but I buy it anyway. In this case, the experts at Dior have thoughtfully placed each shade in to maximize potential for perfect depth and blending color to create a dramatic eye.

The light pink base is a delicate sheer sparkle, followed by an intense plum which anchors the palette. I applied the plum in a crescendo to the outer portion of the lid, and then under the eye for cohesion and impact. The upper right warm pink shade can overlap the plum on top, naturally flowing into and accenting the crease. The versatile taupe on the lower right can be worn solo or blended in to create an gradual effect coming towards the inner part of the eye. The definition I achieved with this was striking and so dramatic! Finally, the gold in the center adds that glowing glamour for the holidays, turning the whole eye up a notch. The finished looks is polished, festive, and fashion-forward, I absolutely love it. The palette photographs beautifully and plays to accent the eyes creating a sexy sophistication.

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Beauty, MakeupAll The Intensity

NARS Dual Intensity Shadow

You know you have a makeup problem when you actually shriek in excitement when you see a display of new eyeshadows from a brand you love.  Sadly, this actually happened to me in the middle of a crowded Sephora, but the best part is, since I was amongst my other makeup-loving people there, no one even batted a (fake) eyelash.  Some people even oohed and aahed with me!  It was a great moment in makeup history.  And now that I’ve tried NARS’ new Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows, I’m happy to report that all our excitement was worth it. 

The new shadows come in twelve shades and can be used dry or wet (for deeper color), so it’s almost like getting two shades in one.  (Which is nice, because at $29 each, they’re definitely a little bit of a splurge).  My favorites shades are Desdemona (a rich shimmering burgundy), Lysithea (a shark grey) and Giove (a dark navy), but honestly, I could’ve happily scooped them all up (you know, if someone else was paying…)  The shadows themselves lasted all day on me and blended like a dream – definitely splurge-worthy if you’re looking to add a few new shades to your fall wardrobe.  Thanks, NARS!

Beauty, MakeupDiorskin Star

starDespite my reluctance to fall in love with a foundation, Dior’s latest innovation, the new brightening Diorskin Star collection, left me no choice! My usual complaints of heaviness, a touch too matte or shiny, or a non-natural looking shade, are all distant memories. Diorskin Star steps it up to the next level in terms of picture-perfect illumination, and it’s no wonder that it is a favorite for photo shoots! I’ve had to do a double-take of photos of myself, trying to remember if they have been photoshopped, before I recall that I had on Diorskin Star foundation that day. I definitely feel more of a glow through my newfound flawless skin which has magically gotten younger by a few years. I apply the foundation in the morning and even after running around all day, it’s still going strong when I wash my face at night. I love the higher SPF 30 rating, so I feel completely protected from sun damage.

Diorskin Star was originally inspired by Dior’s own expert makeup artists, and it transforms skin like no other foundation to mimic the glow achieved in photography studios. One of the secrets of Diorskin Star’s unified complexion is its Light Pulsion Complex which erases dullness and color imperfections. Even my red patches are virtually gone with a light application due to color-filter pigments which recreate perfect light. Light-trapping extracts include Immortelle Extract, Paquerette Extract and Licorice Extract which work with hollow silica beads capture to diffuse light minus the shine. I had no trouble matching my finicky skin color, as there is such a wide spectrum with minute tweaks in between each shade. Diorskin Star goes on looking very natural but silky and works best for combination skin.

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