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5 Wearable Runway Makeup Trends for Spring 2015!


Even though we are still bundled up and wrapped up in winter gear it is never too early to take in the some of the new hottest Spring 2015 makeup/beauty trends. These new trends are already on the minds of fashion designers and magazine editors. These spring makeup looks most definitely caught my attention on the fashion runways and can simply be be worn in a woman’s every day to day beauty routine . Plus, practicing now will get you ready for when spring time emerges. Here are a few trends to watch out for this upcoming Spring 2015 season.

BOLD LIP COLOR

BOLD LIP SPRING 2015Pastel shades should not always be the go to colors for Spring. Instead, deep shades dominated the runways this year. Try berry, plum, rich red or red-orange shades for the lips. A bold statement lips is always my favorite go to.

SHADES OF BROWN

SHADES OF BROWN SPRING 2015Brown makeup offers subtle enhancements to the face, especially for a warm complexion. One of the latest trends for the eyes this season is varying shades of the brown family, which keeps this color from getting boring. Try bronze, taupe, sand and even touches of shimmering gold. Bronze skin is also in.

STATEMENT EYES

TOM FORD SMOKEY EYE SPRING 2015Smokey Eyes always seem to return to trendy lists, with no exception this Spring. Some designers made them extra smudgy or only added the smoky effect to the outer corners of each eye. Heavy eyeliner is also in, especially with extended wings and tips, or with thick lines. Choose black or even white liner to play up your look.

NATURAL BEAUTY 

NATURAL BEAUTY SPRING MAKEUPAlthough some makeup trends are in, low maintenance girls will love that wearing no makeup is also a top trend this season. This trend can include wearing subtle makeup that evens and enhances, or wearing no makeup at all. This is a perfect look for everyday makeup look  if your in a rush or simply want to go bare.

CAT EYES

BLUE CAT EYES SPRING 2015A Cat Eye is always a great makeup a accessory, let alone a blue statement eyes made a huge comeback on the runways last season. Like bold brows before it, blue eyeshadow is destined to become a fashion week beauty staple. It complements every skin tone, and it looks just as good in real life as on the runway. If your daring enough this would be the perfect go to look to for a statement.

Whether your going bare or rocking a dark smokey eye these Spring 2015 makeup looks are all the rage and are perfect for on and off the runway. I hope you beauties enjoyed my favorite “5 Wearable Makeup Trends for Spring 2015.”

 

 

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Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick Review!


You guys know how much I love my lipsticks, ahhhh let alone Tom Tord lipsticks.

I am known to be a lip stick junkie, and when I found out Tom Ford one of my current favorite lipsticks was coming out with a miniature lipstick collection “Tom Ford Lips & Boys,” I went crazzzzy. This collection has a variety of 50 clutched sized limited edition shades all named after men Rrrr. The Lips & Boys collection retails for $32, which is way more affordable than the average sized Tom Ford lipstick, which retails for $50. I would say that is quite a deal for those of you who don’t want to splurge quite as much on a lipstick.

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Tom Ford WES lipstick which I purchased is a deepened, burgundy-red with ruby red shimmer. It was semi-opaque with a very slippery, emollient consistency that tended to move around. I found that with this shade, without any disturbances of eating or drinking this product lasted after three hours of wear, a (total wear time was five).  As to where with most lipsticks I find myself  reapplying more often, which is why I simply love Tom Ford lipsticks.  It has a great color pay off and lasts for which what I feel like is forever. If your trying to get a longer wear time, just apply a lip liner before your lipstick.

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Here is Tom Ford Lipstick & Boys (Wes) on the left compared to the original lipstick packaging on the right (Indian Rose).

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Hope you enjoyed my “Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick Review,” enjoy until next time beauties. 😉

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Prabal Gurung Collaborates with MAC Cosmetics!


In a twist that we probably all saw coming, Prabal Gurung is finally launching a cosmetics collection with MAC Cosmetics, which was announced a few weeks back. The designer has worked with the beauty brand during fashion week for years now, and he has been one of the most watched shows by beauty junkies for his love of color and a great look. The collaboration will launch on November 26 as a 14-unit spring collection.  I am always excited to see new launches, and from what Ive seen so far, I must say I’m loving the bold vibrant red/berry colors let alone the gorgeous packaging.

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Image Via WWD

Prabal also noted that his relationship with MAC is clearly a great one, and the collaboration with the brand just makes sense as well, due to their longstanding partnership. “When they came to me with this opportunity, I jumped at the chance. I’m really sensitive and emotional, so I really need to feel that connection with a brand. And MAC has a philosophy I believe in. The one universal truth I really believe in is that every woman – no matter her shape, size or race – wants to look beautiful. I wanted to create that.” I totally agree with his statement, and am looking forward to this launch. I sure the packaging of and quality of his product will be just as beautiful as his luxurious clothing line. What do you guys think? Are you just excited as I am?


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Image Via Elle Magazine

Check out the Prabal Gurung makeup line, I would love to hear your thoughts on the new collection.

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October Beauty Favorites 2014!


Hello beauties, I am known to be a product junkie, so I decided to share my “October Favorites 2014.” As you may know we are in full swing of fall and I’m always in transition with my beauty products. Here are a few items listed below that I’m currently in love with.


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Obey Your BodyGentle Facial Peeling Gel /Dead Sea Moisturizing Day Cream  

I purchased this item last month and I can totally say it was worth the splurge. The gentle facial peeling gel exfoliates and deeply cleanses the skin in order to promote natural skin renewal. It removes oil residues, unclogs pores and helps prevent the build up of dead and dry cells on the skin re-surface.

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Vivo Per Lei Dead Sea Minerals Moisturizer

The dead sea moisturizer is very soothing and light weight on the skin. This product is fragrance free, which is perfect for some of you who may have sensitive skin. Use a dime sized amount and apply it your face, trust me a little goes a long way.   

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 Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

Cetaphil is is my favorite everyday facial cleanser.  It is very gentle; it doesn’t dry the skin out and it clears any dark spots or pimples before they even appear. Also leaving the skin feeling refreshed. Cetaphil doesn’t clog pores nor does it strip the skin of its natural oils. I am absolutely obsessed with it. I highly recommend that you purchase this product.  Try a small bottle (about $4) and see how you like it.

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 Chanel Nail Polish 

We all have our favorite go to nail polishes. This month I like Chanel’s red polish in #677 which is ohhh so sexy. I love a red nail polish, just as much as I do a red lip. Chanel’s polish is perfect especially since the holidays are just around the corner. If your searching for a true red nail polish, Chanel is it.

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 Makeup Forever Foundation

I own a lot of liquid foundations, but I can say recently this has been one of my faves. Makeup Forever HD Foundation is super light weight and one pump is normally all I need. The amount of coverage you desire  will determine how many pumps you will need. This product is perfect for flash photography and everyday wear.

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 Tom Ford Lipstick 

Ahhhh Oh how I love Tom Ford. A friend purchased  a Tom Ford lipstick “Indian Rose” #4  for me a while back and I’ve been in love with Tom Ford lipsticks ever since. I recently purchased “Violet Fatale #17” a gorgeous pinkish/purple color, something other than red which I normally gravitate towards. Tom ford lipsticks are so creamy and last all day without having to reapply. Its a bit of a splurge, but totally worth it.

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Organic Coconut Oil

There are so many benefits to using organic coconut oil. Coconut oil can be used for cooking, hair, skin, teeth just to name a few. This a a staple item used in my daily beauty regimen. When in contact with skin, the product turns into a liquid, its super light and absorbing. I also use it for the ends of my hair to prevent split ends/breakage.

I Hope you beauties enjoyed my “October Beauty Favorites 2014,” I would love to know if any of these items are incorporated in your daily beauty regimens as well.

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5 Minute Makeup Routine!


We all have those days, when were rushing out the door and only have ample amount of time to get ready. Well today’s your lucky day. I am going to demonstrate how to achieve a “5 Minute Makeup Routine“, that will have you looking simple yet  flawless before heading out that door. On a rushed morning, the absolute minimum is best. Your daily makeup routine should include core basics. You’ll want to start with a good foundation to ensure the skin looks its best.


BASE

To start off you want to ensure that you face is well prepped. You want to make sure that your beautiful canvas is cleansed, moisturized, and primed before applying any makeup. This is key step into any makeup or daily beauty routine, it will help create a smooth canvas for easier makeup application.

  1. Apply the foundation of your choice. Foundation can easily do double duty as concealer to spot-treat redness, under eye circles, or any other imperfections.
  2. When applying your foundation you can opt for a foundation brush, beauty blending sponge, or simply use your  clean fingers to save time.
  3. Remember, you don’t have to apply foundation all over the face. Only apply it on an as needed, which will also save time.

Approximate time: 1 minute

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Use clean fingers or a damp beauty blending sponge to apply foundation.

BROWS

Filling in brows is an important step to add to your makeup routine, as this will help frame the face. Some of us may have fuller brows than others. So for most women they step is may be optional. 

  1. First you want too fill in your brows using a retractable brow pencil or a matte eye shadow that matches your natural brow hairs. 
  2. If your using a brow pencil when filling in brows, you want to use light feathering strokes. Do not put apply too much pressure, as this may have give off a harsh appearance to the brow.
  3. When using a matte eye shadow you want to apply your product with an angled eye liner brush also using light strokes filling in any sparse gaps where needed.
  4. Using a Spoolie, brush brow hairs in the direction in which the hairs are growing for that well groomed perfected brows.

Approximate time: 1 minute

5 Minute BrowCHEEKS

When it comes to the cheeks you want to apply either a blusher or bronzer. Blush adds a natural flush and tint to the cheeks, while bronzer gives off a more structured and natural sun kissed appearance. Cream blush or lipstick is a makeup bag must, especially when you travel, because you can use either items on the lips and cheeks. If you have a red or pink lip color in your bag, you can always apply a little lipstick on your cheek for a pop of color. You’ll look more awake and pulled together in a time crunch with subtle tinted cheeks. Either blush or bronzer is can be applied in this step.

  1. Cream blushes make your skin appear more dewy (natural).
  2. Apply blush to the highest point of your cheek bones using your fingers. If its a powdered substance use a blush brush to apply.
  3. Bronzer is to be applied to the temples and hollows of the cheeks for that natural sun kissed glow. 

Approximate time:  30 seconds

5 Minute Blush & BronzerLASHES

Curl your lashes and add mascara. This goes quickly, depending on how many times you make a mistake. In that case if that happens use a moist cotton swab to remove tiny unwanted mascara streaks that may have been left behind.

Approximate time: 1 minute

5 Minute MascaraLIPS

Lastly, is the lips I recommend you using a natural colored  lipstick or tinted lip balm. A mauve color would be suitable, it looks closest to the natural lip color.

Approximate time: 30 seconds to 1 minute

5 Minute LipstickFINISHING TOUCHES

One thing to not save time on is the final process of blending. Always have a blending brush for the eyes and one for the face as part of your arsenal. The biggest mistake I see people make in applying makeup is not buffing out harsh lines on the face, eeeek.” Whether in the eye area, at the lip line, or across your complexion, you should never be able to tell where color is ending or beginning. It should all be seamless.

Approximate time: 1 to 2 minutes

5 Minute Before and After

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  Voila  and Your Out The Door!

PRODUCTS I USED:

Foundation: Makeup Forever High Definition Foundation #173 $42.00

Brows: Mac Cosmetics Brow Pencil in Spiked $16.00

Cheeks: Mac Cosmetics Blush (Lady Blush) $22

Mac Cosmetics Blush/Contour (Blunt) $22

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes $8.95

Lipstick: Makeup Forever Rouge Artist (Natural) #9 $20

What are some of your 5 minute makeup tips for hectic mornings? Please comment down below I would love to hear, enjoy beauties!

 

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How to find the Perfect Red Lipstick for your Skin Tone!


A red lip will always be in style. It makes for a great accessory to minimize neutral makeup that is typically worn during the fall (in my case, I wear it all year round). It’s a simple way to make your look go from “Drab” to “Fab.”  To guarantee your wearing your red lipstick to its fullest potential, I have compiled tips, tricks and products to help you find your red lipstick match.


UndertonesKeeping your skin tone in mind is always key when choosing colors for any makeup and it’s no different when choosing a red lip. If you don’t know what your skin tone is, just remember that fair complexions have cool skin tones with pink undertones. Warm skin tones have olive or blue undertones. The quickest way to determine if you’re warm or cool is to take a look at the veins in your arms in a natural light. If they look green then you are warm, if they look blue you’re cool. 

Here are your perfect reds, based on your skin tone:

Warm Skin Tones: orange reds, warm reds, tomato reds, brown-based reds, golden reds and tawny reds.

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An example of a striking warmed toned orange red lipstick as seen on Rihanna.

 Cool Skin Tones: pink tones of red, berry reds, blackberry reds, brick reds, blue tones of red and plum tones.

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 An example of a gorgeous red berry lipstick as seen on Scarlet Johansson.

All skin tones – true red (blue undertone suitable for all skin tones)

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An example of a beautiful true red lipstick as seen on Anne Hathaway.


 What’s the Occasion: Many of you know I am infamous for rocking a bold red lip pretty much anywhere and everywhere. However, certain occasions call for certain types of red lips. For instance, a red lip is a great way to assert your bold femininity at the office, for everyday wear or if your daring enough, even on a first date. For the office you may want to opt for matte red lipstick something bold, but nothing to over powering. For a first date, you may want something a bit more subtle. Try a pinkish red lipstick; this gives attention to your lips but not too much to where that’s all that meets the eye. 

Tips and Tricks those Perfect Red Lips:

  • Don’t play up your eyes. Pair red lipstick with the lightest possible eye makeup.  A little mascara and neutral eye shadow will do.
  • Avoid deep reds if you have thin lips. They tend to make lips look smaller.
  • Prevent “bleeding.” Apply a little concealer around the border of your mouth and always use a lip liner.
  • Avoid getting lipstick on your teeth. After applying, put your finger in your mouth, purse your lips around it, then slowly pull it out to remove excess color.

Here are a few lipstick shades you can purchase for Fair, Medium, and Dark skin tones, whether you are penny pinching or if you even want to splurge.

Fair Complexion

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Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Paris $35 / L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in British Red $9

RED LIPSTICK FAIR SKINTONES

CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in “Tempt” $6/ Tom Ford Lip and Cheek Stain in Tainted Love $49

Medium Complexion

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Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in True Red $9/ Dolce & Gabbana Voluptuous Lipstick in Italian Monica $34

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Clarins Rouge Prodige True-Hold Colour & Shine Lipstick in Blackberry $27 / Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick SPF 15 in Wild Blackberry $32

Dark Complexion

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Givenchy Le Rouge in Mandarine Boléro $36/ Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick in Orange Flip $9

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Black Radiance Perfect Tone Lip Color in Eldorado Red $2/ Clé de Peau Beauté Extra Rich Lipstick in 308 $40

 

I hope you found this information on “How to find the Perfect Red Lipstick for your Skin Tone” informative. I would love to hear some of your current favorite red lipsticks! 

 

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10 Essential Makeup Must Haves for Beginners, Part Two!

 Makeup Must Haves!


Welcome back beauties,  In my previous post  “10 Essential Makeup Must Haves for Beginners, Part One“, I stated how most of us women tend to carry for more makeup and beauty products then expected. Today I have listed the last five essential items that make up the 10 must haves items you should always keep in your makeup bag. So ask yourself, if these are items you currently own then you own the right track.

EYE PENCIL URBAN DECAY

 

Glide On Eye Pencils– Perfect for beginners and have many benefits.  Eyeliners are soft and glides on as you apply them and they are ideal for lower and upper lash lines as well as on your waterlines. Eye pencils also can be easily smudged for that soft smokey effect.

 

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Highlighter– Is applied to the cheekbones, cupids bow (area on your upper lip) and brow bones. When applying to cheeks, blend highlighter on the highest point of the cheekbones, up towards the temple.

 

 

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Perfect Nude Lipstick or Lip Gloss–  Nude lipstick is perfect for everyday use. Its a neutral shade that can be quite sexy if worn correctly. (choose a nude lipstick that is within two shades of your natural lip color).

Lip Gloss is a primarily used to give lips a glossy lustre, and sometimes to add a subtle color. This can be topped over a lipstick or even worn solely by itself, while still giving the appearance  to look natural.

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Basic Eye Shadow Palette– A basic compact eye palette is something everyone women should own. Your palette should consist of a few different neutral colors (light to dark) which can be transitioned from a day to night look. The perfect everyday shadow is just a few shades darker than your skin tone.

 

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Brush Set– With the right brush for the job, you can perform makeup miracles. Your brush collection should at least include a foundation brush, powder brush, eye shadow brush, blush/bronzer brush, angled eye liner/brow brush, eye shadow blending brush, lip brush (optional).


 This concludes the “10 Essential Makeup Must Haves for Beginners“.  Feel free to comment with any questions and be sure to check out Part One of my essential makeup must haves enjoy!

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