Out With The Old; In With 2015

2014 was the year of some major beauty dos that I want to see carry forward and many don’ts that never should have been. Here is my little fun list of what 2014 was and what I hope 2015 will be.

Let It Go!

bad browsThe year of dipbrow and “Instagram” brows. Anastasia Beverly Hills is known for all things brows and in 2014 she launched the sometimes infamous dip brow pomade. This product is almost gel like in consistency and has to be applied with a brush. Inexperienced hands tend to over do it and create these very unnatural “Instagram” brows that are sculpted and carved with concealer. This is a trend I hope ends in 2014. One can be hopeful right?

Brint it On!

Instead I like to opt for brows that are full yet not harsh. I want to still see your brow hair not a sharpie like line. And instead of sculpting the brows with concealer, practice getting the proper shape and then clean up as needed.

Let It Go!

bad contouring

Heavy contour and highlight. Anyone who knows me knows how much I despise the overuse of highlight and contour. Ugh. It’s like why even use foundation anymore. Very rarely do these looks translate well in real life and is certainly not needed for everyday wear. When done properly it looks very nice but these YouTube gurus have these consumers fooled into thinking that this is A. a new trend B. you need very specific products to achieve and C. that the highlight and contour placement is the same for everyone. Do me a favor this year and put this trend to its death.

Bring It On!

What happened to beautiful glowing skin? I want that back for 2015. It just looks so healthy! If you still desire some highlight and contour use a deeper and lighter shade foundation. It will blend nicer and look much more subtle and pretty. Let’s forgo the zebra stripes and actually blend our makeup. A subtle contour effect can also be achieved with your choice of blush.

Let It Go!

bad mascara

Spider/Thick/Too Much Lashes. Who doesn’t love a lovely set of lashes. Honestly your lashes can make or break your makeup look. However clumpy mascara isn’t the way to go. I know you’ve seen it; those 3D fiber lashes. And in my opinion they are terrible. They look clumpy and they will break your makeup look. The same applies to super long and super thick stacked lashes. They also have a way of making your eyelids look heavy and can actually close your eyes making them appear smaller. Just. Say. No.

Bring It On!

Instead you can opt for beautiful lash extensions that will look more natural and you can skip that step during your morning makeup routine. If you prefer the mascara route then a great tip is to wiggle the applicator from side to side as you apply mascara. This will help reduce clumps. Also as you pull the wand from the tube be sure to remove excess product. If you still get a few clumps you can take a clean mascara wand or spooley and go over your lashes to remove.

 

Let’s make 2015 our most beautiful year yet!!

beautiful makeup for 2015

 

You Can Be An Angel Too!

I don’t know about you guys but last night I watched the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show which was taped in London a few weeks ago. This year I was more excited than ever because of the media frenzy leading up to the taping. All of the major mags shared pictures aboard the chartered flight to London which made all of us majorly jealous. They were greeted by VS blankets and swag bags and there was a cute pink carpet on the runway.

This years show certainly didn’t disappoint. The visuals were even more stunning, the wings were larger and the entertainment was superb. But of course I was paying attention to the makeup. According to key makeup artist Dick Page this year’s show was less focused on bronzed beauty and focused instead on a glow from within. He used minimal foundation, made sure skin was properly hydrated and that he actually used a red cream color by Kryolan to create a healthy flush in the cheek and nose area.

So angels, you too can get that lit from within glow using just a few key items.

My take on Victoria's Secret Angel Makeup

I’m a VS Angel!

  1. Tinted Moisturizer. I used one from NYX which helped me hydrate my skin and give me just enough coverage to even my skin tone.
  2. Rosy Blush. Dick Page used a Kryolan color which is popular in theatrical makeup. However, you can get a nice flush from Benetint by Benefit. It’s a red cheek stain and looks great on multiple skin tones and can be layered for added effect.
  3. Taupe eye shadow works well on all skin tones and adds definition but still looks very natural. Try the Hefner Eye Shadow by Love, Beauty Cosmetics. For my look I also layered brown and black eye liner and topped it with a Rimmel mascara.
  4. Pink Lips. This was the theme of last night. Some pinks were soft and innocent while others were bold and brazen but they never strayed. For this look I used Honey Lust Lipstick by Love, Beauty Cosmetics and mixed it with Paint Job Lip Gloss also by Love, Beauty Cosmetics. There are also other soft pink options like Ballet Slipper and Mingle all by Love, Beauty Cosmetics.

Leave your Angel inspired pics below!

Blushing Gilt: A production by Love, Beauty Cosmetics

Happy Makeup Monday Beauties!

Blushing GiltI know I say this every time but I have been so crazy working on a project so big that it consumed me for a little while. I have launched my Love, Beauty Cosmetics company and I have named my very first fall collection Blushing Gilt.

Fall has been the inspiration behind this introductory collection. I was inspired by the clothes that are hot this fall. Honestly, I have to give thanks to Lubna of Lubna Designs for her inspiring fall collection. From the new wardrobe I was able to pull colors for both eyeshadows and lips that would complement them.

What sets me apart is that my shadows are triple milled and come packed with pigment yet are easily blended. The hues will create any fall look that is perfect for the day or night. The lipsticks and glosses complement the shadows nicely as well and are packed with Vitamin E which nourishes and protects the lips.

Stay posted for the official launch! Have a Beautiful Day!

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Beauty In Review: CoverGirl’s Colorlicious Lip Gloss

Hi Beauties! I have to start off by apologizing for not adding new content sooner. I’m soooo sorry. Life sometimes gets in the way and between the illness and death of my grandfather and opening my new Beauty Boutique life got kind of crazy. But I’m back and excited to bring you new beauty news!

So a few months ago I was doing research in my beauty magazines about the newest products getting ready to hit the shelves. One of the products that caught my eye was the new gloss from CoverGirl called Colorlicious. This collection boasts 13 colors and the tagline is:

Shades that never lie. 13 luscious glosses with true to the tube shades. What you see is what you get!”

Display at Target

Display at Target

So I searched every drugstore high and low for about the past month and a half with no luck. It was this past weekend when I was getting a lipstick for a bride that I saw them! I knew I had to have it. I was so happy to see that a drugstore brand had gloss comparable to my $20 tubes. I ended up buying three shades; Give me Guava, Whipped Berry and Succulent Citrus. They look so vibrant in the tubes so I couldn’t wait for them to be true to color. If you know me then you know I love bold lips!

My 3 purchases Give me Guava, Succulent Citrus and Whipped Berry

My 3 purchases Give me Guava, Succulent Citrus and Whipped Berry

So I intentionally did not wear any lip color to the store so I could immediately put my color on. Imagine my disappointment when the bolder colors weren’t so true to the tube. The formula is sheer and barely buildable without greasy looking lips. Plus they kind of made my lips tingle a little. I hate Whipped Berry. Succulent Citrus is tolerable and I actually like Give me Guava. Give me Guava is a natural sheer color anyway so you can pair it with a nice lipstick.

Bottom line, don’t waste your money. There are other affordable true to color glosses that don’t require layer upon layer to be able to see the color.

 

 

My favorite of the 3 Give me Guava

My favorite of the 3 Give me Guava

Succulent Citrus. It's not very vibrant tho

Succulent Citrus. It’s not very vibrant tho

You see the look on my face? Whipped Berry is a flop

You see the look on my face? Whipped Berry is a flop

My 6 Must Have Products

Imagine that you’ve won a trip to a tropical island but you had to leave in the next few hours. Aside from getting your clothes and shoes together you have to figure out what of your beauty products you are going to take. This can be such a task with all the shadows and lipsticks and such that are out there. I mean it’s imperative that you have everything you need right??!! But let’s just say that you don’t have enough time to fully plan out your looks. This could be a huge issue! Or is it? Really there are only 6 things I really need when it comes to my makeup routine. Everything else is just an added bonus.

image (9)1. Facial Cleansing Wipes. It’s sticky and muggy on this island. The humidity alone will keep your skin moistened. I would use the face wipes in the morning and again at night to cleanse my skin of oil and makeup. This way you don’t run into any extra breakouts because who needs that on vacay? I’ve been using Almay oil free wipes.

2. Oil Free Moisturizer with SPF.  Need I say more? It’s an absolute must have item. You can’t be outside in the sun with no protection. It greatly reduces your risk for skin cancer and besides the sun will quickly age your skin. Nobody wants to look older than they are. Pictured is the High Resolution Refill 3X by Lancome.

3. Concealer. A little goes a long way. Only use it where needed so you don’t have to later your face up with foundation. Plus you don’t want to have a cake face on the island! I swear by Milani’s Secret Cover Concealer which provides amazing coverage at an amazing price!

4. Eyebrow Pencil/Powder. Whichever one you use! Brows frame your face and so never leave home without them. I love Anastasia’s Brow Wiz but lately I’ve been using Chanel.

5. Black Eyeliner. I like to line my inner rims to give my eyes definition. If you smudge your liner you can also give yourself a smokey eye that’s quick and easy to do. I got this Stila liner in a makeup kit from Ulta not too long ago and I love it!

6. Mascara. Just like brows I never leave home without it. It’s amazing what having lashes can do for your eyes. Lancome’s Hypnose Drama mascara is great for pumping up those lashes.

Bonus: Ok because I totally forgot about this but a lipstick that can double as a blush. Besides everyone has a tube of lipstick already in her purse!

Beauty Deals & Steals: Lancome is in gift!

My pretty new tote

My pretty new tote

If you’re a total beauty product junkie like me then you know the 3 words no one can resist: gift with purchase! GWP are amazing because for the price of a few beauty items, you get more! So I may be a little biased because I love my counter manager at the Macy’s near me so when she calls I have to answer.

This spring gift is great because you get a pretty tote in blue or red. I got the blue tote because the red looked like a pinky red and it just wasn’t my fave. I love that the tote doesn’t have the Lacome logo everywhere. I am just not a huge fan of bags that have the name brand everywhere. Have I always been this way? No but I learned from the error of my ways lol!

This lovely gift can be yours with any $35 or more Lancome purchase. I bought the Star Bronzer Intense which was exactly $35! The bronzer is perfect for the upcoming summer months to keep my skin glowing. Now that I got my product and my bag picked out I had to actually pick out my gifts!!!!

You get to choose a daytime moisturizer and corresponding eye cream. I chose the High Resolution Refill-3X which fights wrinkles. Now that my 20′s are gone I have to start thinking about my future! I then got to choose a makeup product. There were two different 5 shadow palettes and two juicy tubes to choose from. I went with the Blush Sweetness Color Design Palette because of the pinks and gold toned colors go great with my new bronzer. You also get a trial size of the Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover and the Hypnose Drama Mascara.

I'm excited for my new products!!

I’m excited for my new products!!

I can’t wait to post my new bronzy look!

Beauty in Review! Met Gala 2014

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#488398487 / gettyimages.com I don’t know how it happens but somehow the Met Gala sneaks up on me every year! For those not familiar, the Met Gala is an annual fundraiser which benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. … Continue reading