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Milk & Honey Shoes

In beauty, fashion, lifestyle on July 26, 2011 at 10:25 am

You ever wish you could custom design your own shoes?  Well you can with Milk & Honey Custom Shoe Design.  This awesome website lets your shoe fantasies come to life by allowing you to select your style (heel, flat, sandal, pump, etc) as well as the other details such as toe style, trim, buckle, fabric and heel size.  And get this, they even have animal free styles too if that’s your thing.  Have questions, you can chat with a stylist or leave a message offline.  milkandhoneyshoes.com

 

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Prime Time Primer Shadows

In beauty, makeup on July 24, 2011 at 10:00 am

Bare Escentuals is really stepping up their game with their new Prime Time Primer Shadows.  These rich, creamy primers come in 6 different colors that can be worn alone as an eyeshadow or under your regular powder eyeshadow for even more intensity and staying power.  Safe for those with sensitive eyes, contact lens wearers and those who are allergic to fragrance.  $18.  Available at sephora, sephora.com and bareescentuals.com

Concealers (Part 3 – Different Formulations)

In beauty, makeup on July 21, 2011 at 10:00 am

For the past couple of days I have been discussing concealers – shade selection and application and whether or not you should apply concealer before or after foundation.  Today I will discuss the 5 most popular formulations/packaging of concealers and the specific areas of the face they should be used on.

Tube:  This form of concealer is creamy in texture. Offering a range of coverage from medium to full, this form of concealer is perfect for concealing blemishes on various areas of the face.  This formulation can also be used under the eye, providing that you mix in a little of your eye cream with it for better blending.  Brands that include tube concealers are Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer, Smashbox High Definition Concealer, Clinique All About Eyes Concealer and Dior DiorSkin Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer.

Pot:  Also creamy in texture but tends to be more opaque.  Can be used for dark marks but is best for under eye circles.  Brands that include concealers in this category are Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, Korres Quercetin and Oak Antiageing & Antiwrinkle Concealer, and Makeup Forever Camouflague Cream Palette.

Stick:  These look like lipstick and can be applied directly to the face.  Providing a range of coverages, this form is not recommended for under the delicate eye area because they can drag the skin.  Brands include Smashbox Camera Ready Full Coverage Concealer, Nars Concealer, Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer and Black Opal Flawless Perfecting Concealer.

Wand:  This form, which can be used on all areas of the face,  provides sheer coverage.  Use the wand to apply directly to your skin and blend with a brush or sponge. Brands include, Cover Girl Queen Collection Concealer, YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch, Tarte The Eraser 4 in 1 Concealer, Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Concealer.

Powder:  This formulation provides sheer to medium coverage and tends not to cake up as much as some of the of the other formulations.  Great for the eye, nose and cheek area.  Brands include Bare Minerals Multitasking Face and Physicians Formula Mineral Wear 3 in 1 Concealer Foundation Powder.

*Whichever formulation you use, please remember to blend, blend, blend :0)

 

nOir Jewelry

In Uncategorized on July 19, 2011 at 11:00 am

Everyone who knows me knows that I am sucka (yes sucka) for good shoes and jewelry.  I always tell people that i provide a simplistic, yet dynamic back drop for amazing and unusual accessories.   Anyway, check out some of the awesomeness (yes awesomeness) that is nOir Jewelery on noirjewelry.com

 

 

 

 

Concealers (Part 2 – Conceal Before or After Foundation)

In beauty, makeup on July 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

There are two schools of thought on whether to apply concealer before or after foundation.  Some people say to apply the concealer before the foundation when heavier coverage is needed.  Other people say apply the concealer after the foundation because the imperfection is small.  I always tell people to do what works best for them but I personally find that applying concealer after foundation works better because by doing it the other way you are actually pulling (or wiping away) the concealer away from the imperfection you are trying to cover. Follow these steps to ensure that you get the best concealer coverage…

  • After prepping your skin with the proper skincare and applying your foundation, select a concealer that mimics your skintone.
  • In a stippling motion (bouncing with your finger) apply the concealer to the blemished area (*note:  if you re trying to conceal an acne scar/pimple, try applying an eyeshadow primer to the area to make sure the concealer adheres to the area)
  • Be sure the blend away any lines with a blending brush.
  • Set your face with translucent powder.

Bare Escentuals Pretty Amazing Lip Color

In beauty, makeup on July 18, 2011 at 10:35 am

Bare Escentuals is really trying to make me love them with their new Pretty Amazing Lip Color.  This lip color, which is super rich, luxurious, and highly pigmented, goes on so smooth and shiny that I cant stop staring at myself every time I wear it.  My two favorite colors are Moxie, which is a georgous pink that I wear with a berry lip liner and Strength, a super sexy, traffic stopping red.  What makes these Pretty Amazing Lip even more amazing is the fact that this product smooths, repairs and protects.  $16, available in 11 colors at sephora.com and bareescentuals.com