Wednesday, February 29, 2012

B.B. Bonanza

The latest and greatest of foundations these days are the new B.B. Cream's from many different brands. One of my favorite's is by the skincare line Boscia and I'm absolutely obsessed with this stuff. If I'm running 10 minutes behind in the morning, I can swipe a little B.B. cream on, mascara, throw some brows on (can't be seen without them) and head out the door. It's definitely a must-have in my makeup bag, especially for the hot summer months.

Recently, a reader ask me if I've tried the new B.B. Cream by Smashbox. I hadn't, but I was very curious in seeing how this new product compared to my beloved Boscia. I decided to try it out and to my surprise it's just as amazing and has great coverage. The benefits are just as good as the Boscia product and I would definitely recommend using this product for a quick on-the-go moment. 

Smashbox B.B. Cream with
amazing added benefits for the skin

Put a little on the tip of your finger.
Remember: a little goes a long way

I dab a little on each main area of the
 face to get an even amount of coverage

Blend blend blend....and smile:)

the coverage is fantastic even
 before finishing off  the look

Ready to take on the day

Have any of you tried the new Smashbox B.B. Cream? What do you think? Have you ever tried a B.B. Cream of another brand?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Snookie Be Gone

Wedding season is in full effect here in Florida. I have been one busy-bee doing trial runs and wedding day makeups. Shewweeh! Loving the new people I'm meeting and especially knowing that I'm making someone look absolutely gorgeous for the biggest day of their life. It's really an honor to be a part of such a special moment. 

Now that I'm back on the bandwagon and still "chuckin along" (as my mom would say), I'm excited to get back to the drawing board of answering some of life's (and women's) most sought after answers to makeup. I recently had a few people tell me that my recent bronzer/highlighter post was great and really gave them an idea of what type of products to but, but when in came time for them to get in front of the mirror, they froze. Do I put in all over my face?, What cheek bone?, Will I look like Snookie? Aaahhhhhh!!

Oh geez! I know this feeling. Bronzer can sometimes feel like the black hole of makeup. How on earth is it going to turn out? So to help before your head explodes, here's a little tutorial video to help out. Enjoy!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

"Who are you wearing?"

Love me some award shows. Have I told you this lately?? Their so fun to watch and see who is the best and worst dressed, who wins the award of the evening, and who's performance is "knocking it out". It's so festive and always gets me feeling how much I want to be walking that red carpet too (sigh), but then I think to myself that's exactly what I'm working to do (with my makeup work that is). 

There's always the anticipation of who will walk the infamous red carpet and who will stun and shock us. From Versace to Prada the stars are decked to the hills and here are a few of my favorite makeup looks of the evening along with outfits. 



Carrie Underwood
Love these gals! From head-to-toe, they really hit it on the nose for their fabulous looks. What were your favorites of the evening? Who wore it best? Who wore it worst? Who wore it at all? Lol

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The New Thin

Still trying to keep up with those " slim down" New Year's resolutions?? Ugh, let me just tell you, it really ain't easy. As I'm in the same boat as millions of other women out there, it's tough to stick with a diet and find time to hit the gym. So I got to thinking, we use fashion to flatter our figures, so why not incorporate some simple, slenderizing makeup tricks-of-the-trade? Contouring the face gives it an optical illusion in just seconds that can trick others into thinking you've lost tons of weight. It's also great if you want to down-play a feature on the face you may not be so crazy about, a.k.a "scalpel-free plastic surgery!" When you want to contour the face, it's always best to do it before you apply your foundation for the day, that way it looks more natural.

For the forehead, use a bronzer slightly 1-2 shades darker than your skin tone around the areas of the temples and hairline. This way you will appear to have a more narrow forehead, and what woman doesn't want that?!  To achieve this, I like to use my favorite Nars bronzer in Casino. This totally does the trick and looks amazing!! (Yes, this deserves two exclamation points)

For the nose, I like to slim just the upper sides (just under the eyes) and not all the way down. This way it will look more natural when trying to slim down the slightly, over powering snooter. Adding a little highlight to the top of the nose is a nice touch and draws attention only to that area making the bridge appear thinner. When doing this, I like to use a cream bronzer only because I can work it a little better in that area and to have the best end result. I use one that I got from the makeup school I went to, but you can use any dark shaded cream bronzer you like. As a highlighter, of course, I love using Nars' Albatross because...well, it's amazing!!

And last, but certainly not least, the cheeks. The cheeks can often be the hardest area to conceal, because they are usually the chubbiest part of the face. I like to use a bronzer 1-2 shades darker underneath the jawline and underneath the cheek bones. This will create a nice, sharpness to the chin and draw the eye towards the mouth area, giving you a thin sculpted face. Again, one of my favorite products to achieve the best results with is Nars bronzer in Casino. (You could use the Nars bronzer in Laguna, but I find that it tends to make me a little more orange in the winter months, but you can switch it between the two if you prefer).

And don't forget that the main key here is to BLEND BLEND BLEND! I can't stress it enough how important this is to create the natural, soft look your going for. This goes for eye makeup too, but that's a whole other chapter. You'll be slim in no time with these tricks-of-the-trade, no sweating or dieting needed.

What's your favorite slimming trick? Have you tried using bronzer to look slimmer? How'd it work out for you?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Glitter Me Pink

I'm so ready for spring to be here. Especially since living in Florida and our winter has literally felt like summer, I just want it to be official. There's nothing like wearing shorts while other parts of the country are bundled up to their eyeballs. I almost feel a little guilty about it....almost. 

After a fun-filled weekend of BBQ festivities and Super Bowl hype, I found a little time for myself and wanted to amp up my "hand style" a little bit. I've been rocking the whole dark color scene for the winter season, but I'm ready to break out from the dreary months. 

Pale pink is one of my absolute favorite colors to have on the nails. It makes them look longer, and more delicate looking and of course GORGEOUS! Instead of the norm of a regular pink and leaving it at that, I wanted to make my nails look extra flashy for a change. 

Orly Bonder and Orly Glosser
I was reading about these products by Orly by a fellow blogger and decided to try it out. She swears by Orly Bonder and Orly Glosser during any of her manicure sessions and I can now understand where she's coming from. The Bonder is amazing in that it literally bonds your favorite nail polish to your nail and prevents chipping in the long run. The Glosser is great too! It helps keep nails super glossy and helps the nails dry faster. What woman doesn't want that?! 

OPI in Step Right Up and
 Sephora by OPI in Only Gold For Me

I love incorporating different styles in my life and in parts of my life. This glitter topcoat by OPI is one of my favorite new indulges right now. It gives an immaculate looking manicure a little spice for a change. Love love love!

The end result = So pretty!

I started by adding the Orly Bonder to the nails to have the lacquer attach to. I then added  2-3 coats of my favorite OPI nail color (a delicious creamy pink color) to get the precise layering that I like. I only added the Sephora by OPI nail glitter to my ring finger be a little funky and offset the usual. I added a topcoat of the Orly Glosser to each nail except the glittered nail, only because the glittered nail color is also a top coat. How awesome?!?! 

I highly recommend trying this out and even trying it out with different nail colors underneath. There are so many options and so many looks out in the world today, but this is one of my favorite looks that is great for any season.