I have been a powder bronzer girl forever. But lately, I have been worried that the powder effect can be leaving streaks and there is nothing worse than looking like you fell asleep under the tanning lights!
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base ($48)
Cream bronzers are actually much easier to use. The best part about cream bronzers is that they don’t contain much shimmer (or any in the case of the Chanel), but because they’re a creamy consistency by nature, they have a bit of sheen, which makes your face look healthy and glowy—not dusty. They’re also sheerer than powders, meaning you still can see the texture of your skin underneath the product, so it doesn’t look like a mask (or worse, like a big streak of dirt across your face). They’re also incredibly easy to blend, with your fingers or a blending brush.
Remember that your skin needs to be well hydrated, or else the product won’t have an even surface to glide over, and you’ll end up with streaks no matter how careful you are. You also can’t wear a cream over powder foundation. Sorry, it’s against the laws of makeup. Plus, you can still use your powder blush. Start with your foundation followed by your cream bronzer, then, before you brush on your blush, apply a thin layer of translucent powder on top of your cheeks. The powder sets the cream bronzer and allows you to put another powder on top of it without smearing the cream.
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Makeup Tips (and a little Couche de Couleur) From Le Metier De Beaute’s Director of Makeup-Mikey Castillo
- Brighten: Resembles skin color, but has a little radiance to it
- Warm up: Resembles your natural blush color. Everyone has a different color, some people have more red, some more pink. To determine what tone you are, you should clench your knuckles and look at the color by the protruding bones.
- Focus: What the overall look is going to become
- Give depth: Usually placed at lash line, gives a veil to the entire look.
For such a fancy name, the technique is rather easy plus it was fun listening to Mikey say the word couche each time the brush touched my lid.
If your wondering if you can recreate this technique at home…. you can. Here is how I couched this morning-
Another great tip I learned is when lining your lids, use a felt tip liner in black. Place the tip directly onto the base of your lashes and instead of drawing the line onto your lids, tap the color on. So much easier and less chance of overdoing it!
Peau Vierge Correcteur Concealer ($95)
The formula is designed to work like skincare—it encourages collagen production, diminishes the appearance of dark circles, softens lines, blurs blemishes and tightens the look of pores within a week of daily use. Light-diffusing coverage creates a smooth, luminous, undetectable finish. Broad-spectrum SPF 16 protects the skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays.
- Retinol: anti-aging powerhouse known for its ability to smooth and plump wrinkles from deep below the skin’s surface, stimulating collagen cell rejuvenation and bringing elasticity back to skin.
- Paraben, talc, fragrance, and dye-free.
This concealer is so amazing. I actually feel it working as I’m wearing it. LOVE!
Thanks to Neiman Marcus in King of Prussia for having me out.
I love me some Met Ball fashion! This is where the stars can really let their fashion sense all hang out and with this year’s punked theme many made their mark and some didn’t.
I’m thinking that Kim’s dress was once my grandparent’s comforter or at least a few throw pillows!
Although the exhibit was called Punk Chaos to Couture, Don’t you agree that Miss SJB looked silly in her bird hat or whatever that thing on her head was. With so much going on with her gown and hair, did she really need to add a necklace?
Ann Hathaway got it all right with this stunning vintage Valentino which she paired with her newly blonde pompadour, smoky eyes, and a healthy dose of side boob, it was one of my fave looks of the evening.
Our fave look of the evening hands down…. Nicole Richie. She nailed the sophisticated punk look with her grey hair and perfectly plum lips. Simply awesome.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12th. Have you shopped for your Mom yet? If you are looking for some beauty ideas, you have come to the right place. I just so happen to have a few great Mother’s Day beauty gift ideas for you, to make spoiling your Mom a bit easier.
Remember when you had time to actually have a morning beauty routine? Yeah, I feel your pain. These days, between getting everyone dressed, fed and out the door — on time — for school and work, you’ve barely got time to brush your teeth, let alone blend three shades of eye shadow. So how do you get out the door looking fresh and pretty in 5 minutes flat? With the help of these superstar products, that’s how!
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A flatiron that lets you skip that pesky blow drying step? Yes please! H2PRO’s latest model, the Presto Turbo, actually works on damp hair, thanks to the powerful heater revs up more when the iron touches damp hair, and tourmaline-coated ceramic plates that help break down water molecules. Available in 1-inch and 1 ¼-inch sizes.
H2PRO Presto Turbo Styling Tool ($129.99)
You don’t have the time (or the mirror needed) to apply a highly pigmented lipstick. To the rescue: Clinique’s thick, goof-proof lip crayons. They give your lips a soft wash of color — choose from 16 wearable shades — in a super moisturizing formula. Just keep them away from your Crayola-loving kiddos.
For the hair-Oscar Blandi Pronto Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray ($25)
Truly mommy’s little helper, this dry shampoo literally lets you go for days (even a week in desperate times!) without washing your hair. The transparent spray absorbs excess oil and adds volume without any gunky residue. And there’s no issue of trying to find the right shade, because the invisible formula sprays on clear.
Up late with the baby? Grab a coffee and this concealer and no one is the wiser. One swipe is all you need for Photoshop-quality camouflage — eliminating under-eye circles, fine lines and blemishes on impact. With a hint of shimmer, it even doubles as a highlighter to emphasize cheekbones and brow bones.
Is it me or did spring creep up on us? As a somewhat rational woman, I know that winter won’t last forever (thank goodness), but when the sun starts to warm me up and the buds and blossoms start to peek out of the ground, my mood changes! Although I haven’t thrown my boots into the back of my closet, I am breaking out the flip-flops and maxi dresses. I’m also in the mood for a new scent to match this beautiful weather. These beautiful bottles by Marc Jacobs not only smell amazing but they will look awesome on your counter!
Marc Jacobs Daisy Sunshine ($65) creates a sun-kissed expression of the iconic daisy. It is vibrant, floral, and fruity. Featuring a mood-brightening infusion of juicy red fruits, vivid spring blossoms, tender lychee, and a velvety base of blushing apricot skin and musky woods, the fragrance is captivating and radiant.
Check out what’s coming in August…
Honey is said to be a vibrant, bold and spontaneous enchanting floral fragrance. It has top notes of pear, fruity punch and juicy mandarin; a heart of orange blossom, peach nectar and honeysuckle, while the base has honey, golden vanilla and smooth woods. LOVE!
Me- I like both but I tend to wear glosses more than lipstick. I love me some shine. But lately, I have been using a line of lipstick that threatens to turn me into a full-time lipstick lady.
Buxom is a line I don’t mention much but I love it but it quickly became a favorite.
First off… Love the packaging! They are like huge barrels. They are jumbo. The product inside is about what you’d expect to get with any lipstick. In other words- jumbo applicator, normal sized product.
My favorite….. Hooligan.
This is a perfect holy grail every day shade. I know it’s kind of plain, but I love it! It’s the kind of shade that would be perfect to throw in your purse because it goes with every makeup look out there. I would describe it as a warm rosy neutral, and Buxom describes it as a mauve plum. I love shades that I don’t have to think about that you can swipe on regardless of how the rest of your makeup looks.
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How many days can you go without washing your hair? Do you wash it every day? Every other day? Every three days? Or, are you like my mom’s generation and you go once a week?
By the way…I always thought that was really disgusting. How did those ladies do it? I know many still do.
Confession… I hate washing my hair!
Don’t get me wrong, I love having long hair BUT I can’t stand styling it. Taking care of my hair is a full time job that I just don’t want to have. In my hair fantasy world, I would love to have a professional blow out twice NO three times a week! How awesome would that be? Just roll in somewhere, get a great head wash, maybe through in a head a neck massage for good measure and 30 minutes later- VOILA- I am ready for my close up!
The idea is already being done all over the country and even in Asia and Europe. Wonder when us Main Line girls might being seeing this concept come our way!?!?
Blow Pro Mane Tame Pomade ($22)
Blow Hair Care products created by the experts at Blow, the award-winning NYC blow dry bar is specifically designed to give you a better blow dry results at home every time. Formulated with a pure protein blend for heat styling protection, the collection is free of harsh sulfates and parabens and is safe to use with keratin-treated hair.
For long hair- a medium-hold pomades define layers, leaving them touchable instead of stiff. Plus, you can use it to hide split ends by rubbing a dime-size amount between your palms and then running them through the last few inches of your hair.
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