Friday Top 5 – Best Concealers

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1) Estee Lauder 'Double Wear' Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer: Looks flawless for 15 hours!! Feels comfortable, never dry and stays seamlessly without creasing. The lightweight, transfer-resistant cream formula is infused with minerals and emollients to condition skin and make blending easy for a luminous finish that lasts. Water-, perspiration- and humidity-resistant. Thank you!

2) Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer Honey: A makeup-artist favorite, Cle de Peau Beaute concealer continues to win major awards year after year. Why? It is the best! Blends sublimely to expertly conceal dark circles, spots and imperfections. Tip: For lighter skin tones, the Honey shade can be used underneath your matching concealer as a color corrector for truly dark areas

3)Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Sc-4: The best one-two punch for discoloration and dark circles. Secret Camouflage contains a unique two-shade system: one to match the skin's depth of color and one to match the skin's undertone. It helps to conceal redness, blemishes and age spots for a more even appearance. 

4) MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Concealer 345 Dark Beige: The perfect peach.This concealer creates a soft-focus effect, brightening the eye area while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a natural, radiant look. Perfect even under the harsh light of HD cameras. 

5) Orlane Highlighter: A highlighting complexion pen that needs to be kept in your purse at all times! Areas of shadow and signs of fatigue are chased away for instant light diffusion. The formula is enriched with smoothing, draining and filtering active ingredients with a soft focus effect.

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Finding the Perfect Fragrance

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Fragrance_finder_b_a3 I am admittedly stuck in a very happy rut when it comes to the fragrance I wear.  I have always worn and will continue to only wear things that smell like vanilla, chocolate, amber or bergamount (I like to smell like yummy food....what?!)  So, I found this article from beautypress very interesting, because it helped to break down the confusion of finding the right fragrance as a gift for someone else (I know not everyone wants to smell like a cookie)  Enjoy!

The Definitive Guide to Finding The Perfect Fragrance:
Here’s a guide that puts personality style together with the fragrance family to ensure the perfect fragrance gift.

First,know your nose! Perfumes are like musical compositions. The overture is the ‘top” note or the first impression when you try the scent on or open the bottle. The impact is immediate and sets up the next chorus of the fragrance which is the “middle note”. This is the very heart of the fragrance that stays with you longest before the final “base note” comes into play signaling the moment when the fragrance has truly developed to its fullest, lingering on the skin for many pleasurable hours.

Now that you get the idea, here are some personality types that you might recognize 

For Her

Sporty           Look for a fragrance that is light and sparkly. Citrus and green. The crystal-clean fresh tang of such fascinating ingredients as lemon, orange and lime. The zest and energy of freshly cut grass and dewy-green leaves.
     
Classic   Think Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel. Often single florals like rose or gardenia, sometimes balanced by a variety of contrasting, sophisticated notes from the perfumer’s palette.
     
Fashionista   A cutting edge Italian designer. A little black number from Paris or a style maven from the US? The fashion designer today uses individualist notes that range from sophisticated and mysterious to spicy and oriental. Get their style through a signature scent.
     
Romantic   Chypre and Floral Orientals work their magic. Often an uninhibited blend of exotic flowers, herbs and spices.

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For Him
 
Athletic   Citrus. Fresh and Brisk. Clean and simple.
     
Earthy   Fougere forest notes from oak moss, resin and geranium oil.
     
Dynamic   Smoky, pungent,masculine leather notes.
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Organic Skin Care Benefits

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In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would talk about organic products and their benefits.  Organic skin care has become a huge boom in the industry because of the demand for high quality products that are not harmful to the environment and are gentle on the skin.  This is especially true for clients dealing with skin sensitivities, cancer, or allergies organic skin care is a necessity.  I have found that certain organic skin oils such as Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Argan Oil have been incredibly gentle when my skin becomes reactive to environmental or internal allergies.  For example; Argan Oil has been used by Moroccan women for centuries to maintain youthful looking skin, hair and nails.  The benefits of Argan-Oil are plentiful: Anti-Aging, Anti-Oxidant, Healing, Fortifying, and Restorative. So, why not try some au natural skin care for a change?  

Here are some basic tips of why to try organic, and the things to look for. 

Why Choose To Go Organic…

   1. The products you choose are natural and safe

   2. You choose products that are highly biodegradable

   3. You support organic farming

   4. You will discover how effective natural can be

   5. You avoid petrochemical derivatives

   6. You rediscover the wisdom of traditional beauty routines

   7. You avoid synthetic fragrances

   8. You help to protect bees

   9. You pamper yourself

  10. You use products that are safe, gentle, and particularly suited for delicate areas of the body

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Make sure your products   DO NOT CONTAIN any of the below:

PRESERVATIVES:

• Parabens

• DMDM Hydantoin

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How to Find Out What Eye Shadow Suits Your Eyeliner

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If you're wearing a dark brown eyeliner

  • You can enhance it with a bronze
  • with a deep mahogany brown
  • any other type of brown color.

If you're wearing black eyeliner,

  • you can even try and enhance that with a slate steel gray
  • Or even dark navy blue.

Or like with my model in the video above, she has on a gorgeous purple eyeliner. We enhanced that with a plum shadow.  Now, this purple shadow just automatically enhance the eyeliner that was already there. By simply applying the eye shadow right over the eyeliner, you're not only enhancing the longevity of your eyeliner, but you're giving a really beautifully smoky look to the face. 

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Makeup For Rainy Weather

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Today I was inspired by the cold and drizzly weather here in Southern California.  I used to think that a nasty rainy day meant that I was limited to waterproof mascara, and some lip gloss....but not anymore!  Although waterproof makeup is usually thought of as a summer staple, I find that I have incorporated it into my makeup arsenal for all seasons.  An allergy attack, sad movie, or blistery Spring day have nothing on me now.  Below I have put together some of my favorite waterproof makeup products that can be used intermittently, or as a permanent addition to your makeup routine.

For rainy days, I usually stick with my new favorite Stila Waterproof smudgesticks, some Tarte 12 hour blush, my Hourglass Waterproof Bronzer for warmth, and a good waterproof concealer (Lancome has one of the best). 

Makeup Artist Tips: During bad weather days, I tend to use a light hand with powder, and foundation.  When the wind is torturing your face, excess makeup will simply smear right off.  Stick to a good tinted moisturizer, and a waterproof concealer.  And when all else fails...sunglasses will cover those watery eyes!

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Friday Top 5-Best Makeup Remover Wipes

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Almost every woman I know complains about having to remove their makeup at the end of the night. It is the last thing you want to worry about when you are exhausted from a long day, and just want to crash your head on the pillow. That is why I have always been obsessed with makeup remover wipes. Super easy and effective, they make makeup remover a snap! Here are my favorites.

1)Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes Refill Pack:
Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes are gentle, ultra soft cloths that have been my nighttime staples for years. Years! I buy them in bulk at Costco...so much that now Mike even knows where to pick them up when I am not with them. They gently dissolve all traces of dirt, oil and make-up and it is so effective it easily removes waterproof mascara. It leaves my skin feeling super soft, and is perfect when I am too tired to remove my makeup with my normal cleanser

2) Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes:
These wipes are ridiculously refreshing and use aloe vera to cleanse, remove makeup, and nourish skin...all in one swipe! Not only do these Yes To Cucumbers™ Facial Towelettes provide a spectacularly gentle clean, they are also: Hypoallergenic, Non-Comedogenic, Oil-Free Enriched with natural aloe vera & green tea. They are also made with biodegradable, natural cloth: FSC Fabric.  During the hot months of summer I keep these in the fridge for a mid day sweat removing swipe!

3)Eco-Beauty® Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes:
I count on these wipes for when I have just come home from an event where I have my full makeup face on.  I mean waterproof and long-wearing makeup madness. These lavender-scented cleansing wipes break down and whisk away even the toughest waterproof formulas. With every swipe, eyes and lips get refreshed and nourished with a luscious six-oil blend of olive, jojoba, sesame, grapeseed, vitamin E and lavender. Perfection!

4)Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads:  another necessity when I have on alot of eye makeup and want it off fast! This wipes liquid liner, or any type of heavy duty makeup off in a jiffy, and leaves your eyes moisturized and feeling refreshed.  Great for sensitive eyes, and also comes in an oil free version as well!

5)MAC Wipes: Most makeup artists I know swear by these, and keep them in their makeup kit for on the go cleansing. Oversized, luxurious, super-saturated with special MAC cleanser and infused with protective vitamin E. Extremely refreshing. Totally addictive. Slickly packed, re-sealable, ready to go!

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Best Makeup Tips for Beautiful Eyes

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We have been told the eyes are the windows to our soul -- maybe that’s why they’re such an important part of flirting! Want to look great at work and at play? Gorgeous eyes are the place to start, and these expert eye makeup tips will help you get there.

Stay Hydrated
"The key to flawless makeup and stunning eyes starts with a daily moisturizing cream,” says makeup artist and stylist Katie Stoner of Secrets of Hair Design & Day Spa, in Butler, Pa. “Before you apply any makeup to your face, you should always moisturize the skin, including eyelids, with a daily moisturizing cream.” Want a DIY hydration fix? Even a little dab of olive oil under your eyes and at the corners works wonders. And, believe it or not, adding moisture actually helps prevent greasy skin during the day, because your skin has no need to produce additional oils.

Stay Bright
“To perk up tired eyes, try an eye brightener with caffeine to help de-puff and brighten dark circles,” suggests Christina Farrell of TheMakeupBlogger.com.  Apply it under concealer, on top of the cheekbones and on top of the brow bone for the best effect. When choosing an under-eye cream, look for mica and albumin among its ingredients. Mica has reflecting properties that bring out the brightness under your eyes, and albumin alleviates puffiness.

Pump It Up!
We know we should tone our legs to look our best in swimsuits -- and the same applies to our faces! Before applying makeup, try the quick Facial Magic exercise technique. This mini-workout lifts your brows, creating a greater distance between your eyebrows and lashes and letting more light in your eyes.

Here’s how: Place the three middle fingers of each hand under your eyebrows, with your palms flat against your face, keeping your eyes open. With your fingers, push your eyebrows up and slightly outward toward your temples. While holding up your brows, slowly push your forehead muscle toward your fingertips for a count of five. Repeat twice more, holding the contraction for 10 seconds, closing your eyes at the seventh second.

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Cover Up
To mask dark circles and exhaustion, look for a water-resistant concealer in a peach or salmon tone, suggests Farrell. It’s best applied after your normal foundation.  Pat in the inner corners of the eyes and under the eye.  For extra brightening, use a light-reflecting setting powder. 

Find the Right Color
When choosing an eyeshadow color, avoid matching it too closely with the color of your eyes. Blue eyes should stick to warm browns and soft champagne shades. Green and hazel eyes look best in warm taupes, deep purples, golden browns or light peach. Brown eyes? Lucky you -- all colors suit your tones. If you’re fair, stay away from dark shades; if you’re darker-skinned, you can opt for bolder colors -- but don’t overdo it! “Eye makeup should enhance your eyes and natural beauty, but not be the first thing someone notices when they see you,” says Stoner. If your shadow tends to disappear during the day, apply a primer first.

Get Smoky
“For an easy and extremely flattering smoky eye, experiment with bronze!” suggests Farrell. Bronze shadows and liners enhance every eye color and create a natural, yet sultry look for evening. One to try: Make Up Forever Aqua Shadow Sticks in 2 and 3. Liberally apply these sticks right near the eyelash line, using the darker color on top and the lighter shimmer on the bottom lash line. Then, with a cotton swab or makeup brush, smudge the shadows together.

Widen Your Eyes
For thick, gorgeous eyelashes, start the mascara at the bottom of the eyelash and wiggle the wand in a back-and-forth motion all the way up and outward. Apply two coats. 

By Aly Walansky for Life & Beauty Weekly

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