Stories for: Makeup

Beauty, MakeupTalika Eyebrows

Full, luscious eyebrows are all the rage right now from the runway to instagram. I love Cara Delevigne’s bold brows which define her look and increase her fierceness, if that’s possible. Even if overtweezing or aggressive waxing is a part of your eyebrow history as it is mine, there’s hope in Talika’s Eyebrow Lipsocils Ink. The multi-talented brow application works as a pigmented filler as well as an eyebrow growth serum and regenerating treatment. The tip is perfectly designed for precision with a fine bevel which I use to feather out from my main brow line. It does show up pretty dark, so I suggest conservative experimentation the first couple times. Over the course of about a month, my brows are healthier and fuller, all with just applying a daily dose of filler which I would do anyway!

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Beauty, MakeupAntonym Organic Beauty

From organic food to natural skin care, it can be overwhelming trying to find healthy but effective products. It seems we can’t even drink water nowadays without pondering alkalinity, reverse osmosis, and source! I’m on an ongoing quest to curate high-performance cosmetics that don’t compromise pigmentation and staying power but are friendly to skin and health. Antonym is a brand known for runway-worthy color collections while using quality organic ingredients formulated without animal testing. It’s eco-friendly with fabulous bamboo packaging, which makes toting my favorite quad eyeshadows light and easy. Some of my favorite style icons, Kate Mara, Ashley Green and Keira Knightely have worn Antonym for red carpet looks. The blendable color combinations of the quads are versatile enough to work on variable skin tones. I happen to love To the Moon and Black for a dramatic sizzling eye, so perfect for a night at a newly opened restaurant. While the colors brought me out of my comfort zone a bit, they were easy to manipulate and apply and the intensity stayed fresh through post-prandial drinks too!

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Beauty, MakeupDior Addict Lip Glow

This new year feels… slightly frigid, but full of hope for longer days, new beginnings, and a fresh outlook. Dior Addict Lip Glow is a sheer, lightly pigmented line which gives lips a healthy fresh sheen and a hint of color. I’m in love with the concept of showing natural beauty by highlighting rather than covering. Protection and nourishment should be at the heart of makeup, as it’s only as good as what’s underneath! I apply a couple coats of the lip glow which glides on like butter. Lips are instantly moisturized and take on a uniform pink tint which looks polished and healthy. Although the lip glow hints at spring, it’s particularly soothing right now with the bitter wind chapping lips like no other. Three finishes are available depending on what look you’re going for: dewy, holographic, and matte. The Holographic finish is new to the line, which has a subtle iridescent finish to enhance lips, and for me it has an optical plumping effect as well. The new Matte is still very comfortable but with a more velvety look. My favorite color is the divine lilac, which shows up as a subtle tone which isn’t too pink on my naturally rosy lips. I really appreciate the long-lasting effects of the glow, as I’m always on the go and don’t have time to reapply every few minutes.

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Beauty, MakeupCharlotte Tilbury: Hollywood Lips

Charlotte Tilbury’s fabulous new product hits the beauty scene with a bang: bold, pigmented color comes in a weightless form with the Hollywood Lips collection. Noticeably absent is any caking or dryness, and the full coverage matte finish glides on like a gloss. The genius crescent applicator mimics the natural curve of your lips to facilitate coverage in one stroke. A bonus “side effect” is that my lips look incredibly plump and soft, even a little smile gives off a huge impact. My personal fave is Too Bad I’m Bad, which is a sweet but definitely not shy pink. Its boldness (even without a lip liner!) makes it the center of attention to my look, and I’m Instagram ready within seconds! READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupIlya Lip Conditioner

It’s rare that a lip color can approach perfection, but I was actually astounded by the comfort and ease by which Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner slipped onto my lips like a silky curve-hugging dress. My lips were instantly transformed from drab to hydrated and polished with just the right amount of color to go from day to gloaming. Relatively new on my radar, Ilia‘s foundation is a connection between organic beauty and contemporary fashion. The line has already earned my respect for a high quality product which is versatile, healthy, and beautiful. The two colors I love most are Bombora and Darlin, the former being an easy red tint which turns out a sheer rosy color when applied. Darlin is a summery Peach Nude for any skin tone which I guarantee will add that finishing polish to any look.

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Beauty, MakeupRimmel Brow Shaping

scupltingkit_productWhen I’m doing makeup on the go (subway, uber, planes), I need products that are easy to apply but foolproof that don’t require a lot of technical prowess. One nifty little compact that packs a punch is the Rimmel Brow This Way to create defined and manicured brows by filling and shaping. There are two easy steps: first apply wax to shape & fix, then layer powder to set. I’ve even used the wax on its own before with good results. The formula glides on easily and blends well, creating a natural look. The mini brush it comes with includes ends for precise application, and I love how this tiny box fits into my makeup pouch with no bulk.

The kit is available in three shades- dark brown, mid brown, and blond, there’s no complicated color matching since these are meant to complement a variety of natural brows. I have black brows myself, and find that the dark brown blends without looking unnatural (I’ve tried jet black brow liners before and look like Cruella Deville). The result is long lasting and dependable. And the icing on the cake? It’s around just five bucks!

Beauty, MakeupGuerlain Summer 2016

guerlain_cover2I’m a perpetual admirer of the House of Guerlain, one of the most storied French cosmetics and perfume houses which remains at the cusp of fashion today.  Guerlain defines the haute-couture of beauty, and with each thoughtfully created collection, my notions of a classic product are redefined with fresh trendsetting ideas. The Color Collection 2016 is truly amazing and luxurious, and I’m excited to share with you my favorite highlights.

G042203It’s such a pleasure to unwrap and discover one of the ever-evolving Terracotta bricks which have an incredible cult following. The Terracotta Pause D’Éte is a limited edition, and my favorite of this summer’s bronzing powders for the face and décolleté. It warms beautifully, and magically produces cheekbones that remind me of Christy Turlington’s glamorous photos. The long-lasting blush/bronzer gives that nuanced glow deepened by a fine sun-kissed hint of gold which does an amazing job of hiding my freckles. The Duo Shades are flexible depending on the look you want to achieve. If I’m going for more of a flush to go with a brighter day outfit, I concentrate my brush in the middle for more of the pink-coral shade (which is a bit more powdery), and for a more sophisticated evening look, the medium-brown tone (the best-selling Terracotta shade 03) mixed with a shimmer of gold is stunning. An element of the swirl is inevitable, and for good reason: the blend is formulated to capitalize on natural skintone. The contouring “3” is perfect for applying the terracotta from forehead scooping in to cheeks to pop cheekbones and down to the chin. The magnetic case is a work of art in itself and is made of sustainably harvested wood. The top is held on by magnets but can be lifted off completely. A light fragrance of orange blossom, vanilla and musk makes for a delicate ending to an impeccable product.

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Beauty, Makeup, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: NARS NARSissist L’amour Toujours L’amour Eyeshadow Palette

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Beauty, MakeupThe Eyes Have It

clq_ZKYC01_402x464Clinique is well-loved for their popular Chubby Sticks, so I was super excited when I heard they were launching their Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara. As someone who has thinner, short lashes (can you even see them?!), the Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara promises “lusciously full-bodied, curled, thick lashes.” Offered in four colorful shades, this mascara is highly pigmented mascara for strong definition, which is perfect for a gal like myself. The oversized molded brush and the mascara’s thickening polymers helps deliver volume. All mascara tends to weigh my lashes down, so I still needed the help clq_ZGH504_402x464of a eyelash curler – but if you have thicker lashes, this mascara will probably immediately give your lashes a lift. It also basically stays put through the whole day – a total win! (Because really, who has time to freshen up their mascara mid-day?!)

I also tried their Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse for brows. My brows are pretty light, so I definitely need some help to give them definition. What I loved about this product was it’s ease of use. The gel-mousse formula defines, styles and thickens brows instantly with just a few strokes. It’s “formulated with a combination of silicone film formers that keep brows in place” – and after trying it, I can assure you that it does not smudge! At $16, it’s a total must to help define your eyes!

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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