How To Look Polished, But Not Overdone

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The key to look polished but not overdone is:
  • keep your foundation look clean
  • keeping the eye makeup simple with a little bit of enhancement on the lashes
  • have a little bit of bronzer to add warmth to your face and a really beautiful soft pink blush to add some brightness and make you look more awake.
  • And the final tip would be to add a soft pink gloss to brighten up the entire look.

When you want to look polished, you don't want colors that are too loud or harsh. You want the face to look soft, romantic and bright. As you can see in the video, we've added some extra lashes on the corner of her eye, just to give that extra bit of enhancement. This is the perfect look for going out in the evening or even for a nice work function where you have to be a little bit dressed up with your makeup routine.

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Quick and Easy Office Makeup Looks

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I can't tell you how many women I've seen who don't know the difference between office makeup and night out makeup. The two couldn't be further apart. When you're at the office, your look should be more toned down. The best part about office makeup is it's quick and easy to pull of stunning looks that will still make you look amazing in little time.

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Keep It Natural

Avoid extremely bright or bold colors. Instead of focusing on your work, most people will be distracted by your makeup. Great for a night out, but not so great for ensuring people take you seriously. Stick with neutral colors such as browns, peaches, light pinks and even soft lavenders for eyes, lips and cheeks. Instead of liner, use a black/brown or brown mascara to make your eyes pop.

Use a lightweight matte foundation or tinted BB cream along with concealer. If you have dark under eye circles or redness, a brightening concealer or multi-color concealer will take care of trouble areas. Add just a light dusting of pressed powder to set your look. Avoid bronzers as they can often make you seem too glowing or tan. Trust me when I say you'll like bright eyed, professional and beautiful.

Just A Little Shimmer

If natural isn't your thing, no problem. Just by adding a little bit of shimmer to your look, you can drastically change how you look without over-doing it. Start a medium coverage concealer and finish with an all day liquid foundation with SPF. Once again, an all in one tinted moisturizer will work perfectly. Use a sponge to apply to better blend with the concealer. Set with a translucent powder with just a hint of sparkle. Your face will instantly light up without looking like a glitter bomb.

Apply a cream based shadow. Once again, choose a light or medium tone color. Dust a slightly lighter shade of a shimmer based shadow over the cream. If you really want to do more with your eyes, apply an extremely thin line of light brown, hazel or gold liner to your lower lid. Apply a lighter shade to your upper lid. Follow up with mascara.

Finally, apply just a hint of blush to cheeks. With the sparkle of your powder and eyes, you don't want to go overboard here. The entire object is a brighter face with eyes that really pop. As an added touch, use a clear gloss over your favorite pink, peach or even red lipstick. If you use red, ensure you eyes and blush are toned down.

Overall, just keep it simple. I say let your confidence shine through and you'll look great no matter what.

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Get The Look: Katey Segal

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Since last week was all about the finale of Sons of Anarchy, what better way to kick off the week, than with the beautiful Katey Segal. 

"Katey always likes to keep her look fresh, so I use shadows instead of hard liners on her eyes for a soft focus look! -celebrity makeup artist Coleen Campbell-Olwell"

FACE:

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EYES: 

  • To create a softer version of a smokey eye I used warm neutral shadows, starting with Nars shadow in Fez along her lid and under the eye then I tap on Nars Bengali along the top lash line and working it up at the outer corner for a little dimension.
  • I like to line the upper waterline with Chanel Eye Pencil in Ambre, it makes the lashes look more dense.
  • I then defined her brows with my favorite Brow Pencil, Diorshow Brow Styler in Universal Brown and lengthened her lashes by swiping on two coats of Makeup For Ever Smokey Lash Mascara in Black and I added a few single lashes.

LIPS:

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Dermalogica Powerbright TRX

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dermalogicapowerbrightSo, you drink your 8+ glasses of water a day. You eat your veggies, your salmon, your berries, and you even get your sweat on several times a week. Yet still, despite your best efforts, your skin is lacking that amazing glow you see on the faces of so many others. What’s a girl to do? Before you throw in the skincare towel and fall victim to life of lack-luster skin, give powerbright trx a try!

Powerbright trx is a powerful range of three leave-on treatment products, that when used in combination, treats and prevents hyperpigmentation. What does this mean to you? It simply means that these products are designed to banish and prevent those bothersome brown spots from one too many sunny vacations, and leave your skin with a more even and brightened appearance.

The three products included in the system are: C-12 Pure Bright Serum (a powerful skin brightener), Pure Light SPF50 (a daytime brightening treatment and moisturizer) and Pure Night (a skin brightening evening treatment). These products can be purchased separately or in a convenient travel size kit.

If the idea of more beautiful skin isn’t enough to get you logging on and adding to your virtual cart, the reviews certainly will! Some reviewers are claiming brighter skin and fading age spots after only a few days, while others report softer, smoother skin and found the combo to be perfect for those who suffer from breakouts.

So if you’ve been struggling to find a product that will bring your beautiful skin back to life, powerbright trx may be just the answer you’ve been searching for. With their travel size kit available at the amazing price of only $38.00, it’s the perfect gift to give yourself for the holidays! Happy brightening!

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Holiday Secrets for Your Luscious Locks

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Let's face it, we are all rushed during the holidays.  Between family obligations, to office parties, and friends holiday bashes....there is not enough time!  But, the holidays are also a time when we want to look our best.  We get to pull out the red lipstick or glitter eyeshadow and feel festive and gorgeous.  

So, what is a beauty loving gal to do when she is pressed for time?  I always go for gorgeous hair, and leave the rest of the face simple and clean.  I have a very easy routine for the simplest, speediest hair routine ever.  Think Veronica Lake!  I am talking volume, glamour and holiday perfection.

A few months ago I was able to try out two new products by Conair that make this two step process a breeze. The new Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q Styling Tool and Infiniti Pro by Conair Secret Curl are both made to help you achieve salon worthy looks in half the time. I am all thumbs when it comes to doing my hair, but these products have become a go-to for me during the week.  I created an easy routine that I suggest you try for your next Holiday Party!

  • Step One:  Depending on your hair texture, apply either a volumizing or smoothing lotion to your wet hair and brush through.  I prefer to use a large paddle brush in place of a round bristle brush due to the coarseness of my hair.  It helps to ensure a smooth blow out (and I honestly can't work with a round brush to save my life). To get a perfect blow out, separate the hair into 4 sections using either hair clips or rubber bands.  I prefer to do two large sections on each side.  This way, you have control of your hair while blow drying.  One of the things I love about the Infiniti Pro Styling Tool is the whisper soft sound, and how incredibly fast it dries my hair.  I have ALOT of hair, and usually stay away from blow drying it due to the time.  I am convinced this cut the time in half.  It took me only 15 min to blow dry my hair which is unheard of!  Due to my success with this dryer, I bought one seperately for my professional kit. Saving time with my clients is a huge bonus when I am on set. 
  • Step Two: Rollers have always gotten a bad rap in my book. Alot of times we think of big, voluminous curls and 80's hair.  This set of curlers will change your mind.  The curls that the Infinity Curl Secret Pro create are beachy, sexy, and perfect for everyday.  I have been using this set every other day to play around with the different curl techniques and will share with you my technique.  First, start by sectioning your hair into two parts; one bottom and one top.  I keep the top section (you can grab the hair at the base of the ear and separate from there) up high, and work from the bottom up.  I use the larger 1' rollers on the bottom portion of the hair, and work up with the smaller 3/4' curlers.  Roll your hair away from the face to ensure that beauty vibe and curl.  Once you have rolled your hair around the base of the roller, simply SNAP it into place. Voila, you are done!

I usually do this in the morning, and leave the rollers in while I am doing my makeup and getting ready for the day.  I answer emails, cook breakfast, and by the time I am done I have some stare worthy curls that last a few days.  This has seriously cut back on my styling time and I have already had a ton of compliments at the holiday parties for my "new look".  I might not ever go back to a ponytail again!

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Infiniti Pro by Conair Secret Curl:
• Easy to use pop-up, clipless rollers that come in 2 sizes (3/4” and 1”) for small and medium long-lasting curls. This means a quick dry with over 70% more shine.
• The curlers have a silicone surface that adds a gorgeous shine to your curls!
• The vertical design keeps the product from taking up space on your vanity or in your bathroom. I fit mine perfectly under the sink.

The Infiniti Pro Secret Curl can be purchased at the majority of mass retail and drug chain stores for an average retail price of $68.99; see where-to-buy here: http://www.secretcurl.com/

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Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q Styling Tool:

• Faster airflow allows the hair to dry up to 70% faster, and 40% less noise than other dryers!
• Low heat protects your hair from damage due to Ionic Technowlogy. 
• Brushless motor technology increases the dryer life 10 x longer, giving you up to 5,000 hours of drying time compared to the average 500 hours for another AC motor hair dryer

The Infiniti Pro Styling Tool can be purchased at the majority of mass retail and drug chain stores for an average retail price of $139.99; see where-to-buy here: http://www.3qhairdryer.com/

Enter the Conair Holiday Wish List Giveaway on the Conair Beauty Facebook page now through December 12th. Entering is as simple as creating your custom Conair product wish-list and sharing it with your friends and family. Five winners will be randomly selected throughout the week of December 8th to receive their custom wish-list.

Visit www.conair.com and get free shipping on orders all orders $50 or higher this holiday season (until December 25) when you use promo code CONHOLIDAY14

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Disclosure: This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received the Infiniti Pro by Conair Secret Curl and the Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q Styling Tool for my own personal use.  All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

 
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Holiday Makeup Made Simple

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As the holidays swiftly approach and we find ourselves surrounded by an array of social gatherings, it’s easy to have a total meltdown, wondering how you’ll ever get that gorgeous holiday glow! Well fear not, getting your holiday glow on is easier than you think, and I can get you there with a little help from a few of my favorite products.

Lips:
When it comes to holiday glam, red lips are always a sure bet. Red lips not only signify beauty and style, they are the easiest way to add class to any look. For lips that enchant, try NARS Audacious lipstick in the shade, “Lana”. One word of advice for red lip lovers, keep everything else to a minimal. With lips this bright, both eye and cheek makeup should be applied with a light hand, so keep the other areas a bit on the neutral side.

Eyes:
Much like the holidays themselves, holiday eyes are all about the sparkle! To create eyes that truly pop, apply Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in the shade, “MoonSpoon”. This sparkly shade has enough pop to allow your eyes to be the focal point of the party without being too glittery. Apply to lids and under the eyes, and then follow with several coats of black mascara.

Cheeks:
Cheeks are another way to simplify holiday glam. The look of a beautifully flushed cheek is often more than enough to dress up any face for a holiday party. For cheeks that look perfectly flushed, try M.A.C. Casual Colour in the shade, “Baby Pink”. Start near the apples of the cheeks, and sweep upward toward the temple. Remember, much like the red lip, the class of a fully flushed cheek can be ruined if other features are too heavy, so stick to a light colored gloss for lips, and neutral eye makeup.

Glowing Skin:
Nothing is sexier for the holidays than skin that looks as if it’s lit from within. While some of us were blessed with perfect skin, the rest of us are blessed enough to have a good highlighter on hand to fake it! Benefit’s Watt’s Up highlighter is one of my absolute favorites. It’s not quite as thick and glittery as some other cream highlighters, and even comes with a small sponge for blending. For gorgeous skin, lightly dot highlighter on cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, the inner corners of the eyes, and just above the brow bones. Then just blend with a sponge or fingertips and voila, a perfect holiday look!

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So the next time you’re invited to a holiday get together, don’t shy away. Instead grab your favorite party dress, pick your beauty focal point, and R.S.V.P. YES!

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Walmart Holiday Fragrance Gift Center

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What Holiday Shopper Are You?

 

 During the holidays I am the go-to gal when it comes to gifting my sisters and girlfriends with beauty goodies.  I usually like to find something unique and personal.  Fragrance is always my top pic.  Yet, fragrance can be hard to choose when it comes to finding the perfect scent for your favorite gal (or guy), so I tend to keep it simple and fun with wallet friendly celebrity fragrances.

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