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Got Eye Baggage?

7 Mar

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Soon after turning 40 (gulp.), I started waking up with lovely not-so-little bags under my eyes. No discoloration really, but visibly puffy lids and under eye bags. Whether they’re hereditary (possibly) or a lack of hydration (also possible), I keep trying to get rid of them. As one would.

The bags improve throughout the day, but I still notice the little f**kers.

Last week, I met Dr. Dennis Gross at an event for QVC Beauty in Los Angeles. He taught me that creams don’t get rid of eye puffiness, but serums can. It’s all about serums, Vitamin C and retinols. Got it. I’ll go into those products further in another blog – as well as Dr. Gross’ awesome anti-aging peel pads!

FullSizeRenderBut while I search for an effective eye serum, I have found a temporary solution. The Peter Thomas Roth Instant Firm X Eye gel is no joke! It really does make a difference when used on fine lines and puffiness.

The unfiltered photos I’ve posted above show my eyes before applying the Peter Thomas Roth gel, and then 7 minutes later, post-application (below). I see a difference, do you?

All you do is shake the tube, squeeze a drop on your hand, then use the angled brush to apply a thin layer where needed. Try to keep your face relaxed and expressionless while the gel sets for 5-7 minutes. Wipe away any excess product after it dries. Use it alone or under makeup.

For those who have issues with under eye discoloration and darker circles, creams help – and there are more makeup tricks. But make sure you aren’t just settling for a concealer. You want to neutralize discoloration with a color-correcting product first. Then apply your concealer, foundation or powder after.

Here’s a breakdown of what colors work best to correct certain under eye issues.

  • Green: Neutralizes dark circles that have a red tint
  • Pink: Tones down blue or purple-hued circles
  • Purple: Covers up yellow spots
  • Yellow: Instantly brightens dark pigmentation

Trying to fix under eye circles and discoloration? Use the suggested color-correcting fixes and check out these affordable options pictured above.

 

xo

 

NARS Oscar Beauties

27 Feb

I told my nieces that the main takeaway from La La Land is that a girl’s biggest inspiration always comes from her aunt. At only 8 and 10, I could see the doubt in their eyes.

But when I said that Emma Stone has looked like perfection on every red carpet this season, they both agreed with great big smiles. And Emma didn’t disappoint last night either.

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In a shimmering 1920s inspired gold Givenchy Haute Couture gown (and subtle Planned Parenthood pin!), Emma’s Oscar-winning look was flawless.

Though no matter what she wears, it’s her attitude, honesty, and famously expressive green eyes that always seem to light up the lens.

And no one knows Emma’s eyes better than Rachel Goodwin. As her longtime makeup artist, Goodwin is the talent behind every one of Emma’s gorgeous beauty looks.

“Emma’s [Oscar] look was all about [old] Hollywood Glamour – her makeup was inspired by the romantic paintings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.”

Key NARS products Goodwin used:

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Goodwin also did the makeup for last year’s Best Actress winner Brie Larson. Note to Next Year’s Nominees: Consider getting Rachel Goodwin on your beauty team!

For this year’s Oscars, “My inspiration for Brie’s makeup look was the strong, vibrant and empowered women that were often featured in Helmut Newton’s photography.”

Key NARS products Goodwin used:

Personally, I didn’t care much for Scarlett Johansson’s Alaïa gown or buzzed hair. That said, her face looked fresh and pretty. And since Scarlett’s makeup artist Frankie Boyd used NARS, I’ll go ahead and include her key products here:

 

 

Lastly, in keeping with my NARS theme…

The brand’s International Lead Makeup Stylist Uzo used NARS products on Ava DuVernay’s beautiful face.

“I wanted to emphasize [the] warmth in her complexion while keeping the makeup simple with a classic smoky eye, and lips and cheeks in muted shades of plum and rose.”

Key products Uzo used:

 

NARS Cosmetics are available at narscosmetics.com, Sephora, and other fine retailers. 

All those stunning faces and creative spirits aside, that was an Academy Awards broadcast  like most of us have never seen. In the end, I think the right awards wound up in the right hands. But what’s a Hollywood evening without some big time drama?

So bring on the rebels, the ripples from pebbles, the painters, and poets, and plays. And here’s to the fools who dream. Crazy as they may seem. Here’s to the hearts that break. Here’s to the mess we make. 

x0

 

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On-the-Go Extensions

21 Feb
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(L) Hair after hiking; (R) With Dark Blonde Secret Extensions

Up until my 20s I got natural blonde highlights from the sun. But as I’ve gotten older and started paying attention to every freckle, sunblock and hats have become a regular thing. Goodbye natural blonde halo.

Now my hair is bronde – or as Mom used to call it, “Mousy Brown. If I have any highlights, they’re usually paid for. Up until a few weeks ago, my hair has always been a few inches below my shoulders. When it gets any longer, it gets stringy.

Mom has wanted me to get extensions for decades. Meh. I’ve got other things to spend a paycheck on. But when Secret Extensions reached out, I decided I had nothing to lose.

Plus I like the idea of not having to clip hair in. The idea of exposed clips or seams has always made me anxious. Secret Extensions are worn like an adjustable headband. They can be taken on and off in seconds. You just slip them on over your head and pull your natural hair out over the thin band. Instant on-the-go length and volume!

I wore the extensions out a few times and no one noticed anything, which was good. I loved the added volume and color gradient – but the length (16”) and curled ends honestly felt a bit too Disney Princess. If I wear them again, I will attempt cutting the length first.

Actress and company spokeswoman Daisy Fuentes says you can cut, style, or wash these just as you would your own hair. There are 11 shades to pick from, and they’re really affordable compared to professional applications.

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The Secret Extensions are also perfect for trying out highlights, low lights, or even ombre and balayage looks – before committing to permanent color. I test drove Dark Blonde and Light Brown (swatched above).

See all the different fun colors at secretextensions.com.

xo

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The Beauty of Adele

12 Feb

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I’m a longtime Adele fan. But when she demanded a do-over LIVE on-air (and dropped a few F bombs!) at the Grammys, I completely fangirled out. She was not about to deliver anything but perfection for her friend George Michael.

Total respect.

And while I’m paying homage, I’ll bow down to Michael Ashton, too. He’s the artist we can credit for Adele’s glowing skin and signature cat eye tonight.

Before Ashton even applied color, he primed her face with Ole Henriksen skincare products. First he let a few dots of Ultimate Lift eye crème absorb under her eyes. Then he mixed a few pumps of Pure Truth Vitamin C Youth Activating Oil with a bit of Nurture Me crème and thoroughly worked it into her skin, blending outwards from the center of her face.

Ashton used the following Marc Jacobs Beauty products to create Adele’s gorgeous Grammy look.

FACE

  • Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut face primer (warmed up in hands first, then pressed into skin)
  • Genius Gel Super-charged oil-free foundation 26 bisque medium
  • Remedy concealer pen in 2 wake-up call (under eye, t-zone & high plane areas)
  • #instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in dream filter 20 (under cheek bones, around hair line)

BROWS

  • Brow Wow defining longwear eyebrow pencil in taupe 2 and ashbrown 4
  • Brow Tamer grooming gel

EYES

  • Twinkle Pop Stick eyeshadow in volver 402 (lid)
  • Style Eye Con no 7 plush eyeshadow palette in the lolita 206 (contours)
  • Magic Marc’er precision pen waterproof liquid eyeliner in blacquer (starting at inner corner and thickening as line extends outward to a fanned cat eye)
  • Velvet Noir major volume mascara (top and bottom lashes)

LIPS

  • Le Marc Liquid lip crème in slow burn 458 and fawn over me 452 (blot and clean up edges before applying second coat)

To set the look and give it extra vitamin-packed staying power, Ashton added a light mist of Ole Henriksen Nurture Me facial water to Adele’s entire face. And it worked. It ALL worked! Shop Ole Henriksen and Marc Jacobs Beauty on their respective sites or Sephora.

Congrats to Adele for 5 huge Grammy wins!

xo

Next: I’m after what products are used on Bruno Mars. His skin always looks flawless. Or maybe he’s born with it…

 

Makeup Sneak Peek: LORAC

1 Feb
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LORAC’s I ♥ Brunch Collection

To know me is to know that I love brunch. Brunch is my jam. Literally. So needless to say I was a little excited to check out LORAC‘s latest color collection: I ♥ Brunch.

And it’s as charming as it sounds. Candy-colored pastels create a makeup ode to brunch in Los Angeles. Shades like Foodie, Eggs Benny, Smoothie and Avocado Toast make these products even more fun.

If you want a full-coverage pastel, go for the lipsticks. If you prefer a sheer wash of sorbet color, try the glosses… and the rest of the collection. Shadows can be layered for a denser look. Or use a damp brush for a girly dose of watercolor.

I’ve swatched the lipsticks (left) and glosses (right) in natural afternoon light below.

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The I ♥ Brunch collection consists of:

  • 4 highly-pigmented Alter Ego Lipsticks
  • 4 corresponding Alter Ego Lip Glosses
  • 1 Pro Palette
  • 2 Color Source buildable blushes
  • 1 Light Source highlighter

Look for these new products at Ulta Beauty and Kohl’s later this month!

xo

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